Local congressman calls for shift in border strategy

Local congressman calls for shift in border strategy
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POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:52pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 9:05am

El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke is calling for an increased focus on trade with Mexico. O'Rourke wants to redirect the emphasis on border security to trade, citing a record number of deportations and apprehensions last year and a doubling of Customs and Border Protection agents since 911. He says our borders are more secure than ever.

Instead, he wants to focus resources on the legal and efficient movement of people and goods across our border.

"More than $80 billon in trade of Mexico passes through El Paso every year and that activity supports 50,000 jobs in this community alone and more than 6 million jobs across the country so increasing trade making it easier for secure and trusted trade and travelers cars and people to get through our ports of entry is critical if El Paso is going to create more jobs and economic opportunities," said O'Rourke.

Congressman O'Rourke hopes the meeting with both presidents will help fix what he calls a broken immigration system so that millions of people living in the shadows can come out and become productive members of their communities.

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Those millions of people living in the shadows that the Congressman is talking about are already productive members of their communities. What hurts them are the low wages that the people that hire them pay them. A lot of them are paid cash which means that they have to settle for what they get & they know that if they complain, they will be out of a job (think of all the farm workers, day laborers etc.) Everytime they buy something they are paying taxes (unlike their ruthless employers).

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