President Trump visits McAllen to see progress on border wall


President Trump is in McAllen, Texas on Thursday to look over the progress of the border wall. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to announce the President’s trip. In a tweet, Sanders said that the President will “meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crises”. 

This mirrors the President’s Oval Office Address to the nation he gave on Tuesday. In it, he furthered his demands for a border wall that would be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. 

“I hope he takes the time to visit with the common man, not just the politicians because it is important that he sees, it is important that he knows about it. He needs to know what’s occurring on the border and the fact that he sees it when he goes back and he talks to people about it, he speaks from an educated perspective,” said Adolpho Telles, the Chairman for the El Paso Republican Party.

Many El Pasoans say they would have liked to see the President come to the Borderland to see how things operate. 
“I don’t think it’s completely fair for him to sit in Washington and do an Oval Office Address to the people and not even visit the border and the borders areas. So I think its a really good thing that he’s coming out here and that whatever his policies may be at least he’s invested,” said El Pasoan Kari Veenstra. 
President Trump has not visited the El Paso border, even though it’s one of the largest border cities. However, he has visited other areas of the border including Laredo back in 2015. 
“President Trump’s visit to McAllen is nothing but a political stunt in the middle of his disastrous government shutdown. Instead of promoting a needless and ineffective border wall during his visit, he should visit our amazing Universities, small businesses, and busy ports of entry along the border,” said Texas State Representative Cesar Blanco. 
There are several pending border wall projects along the southern border. During his address, the President said that the wall would be a steel barrier rather than concrete. Similar to what many of us see here in the Borderland. It’s also the same type of fencing used as a barrier in McAllen Texas. 

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