Rep. Scott Peters said Friday that San Diegans want high-technology border security, but not a “borderline crazy” wall.
“San Diegans want that border security. But we do not want a wall,” said Peters, who delivered the Weekly Democratic Address.
Peters said modern border security includes sensors, radar, tunnel-detection technology, drones and in cases “a physical barrier, such as a levee or fence,” if its cost is reasonable.
“We do not support a multi-billion dollar wall that will destroy sensitive lands, take private property, and can be tunneled under, climbed over or cut through, all while illegal border crossings have steadily declined over the past two decades,” said Peters. “That’s not border security. That’s borderline crazy.”
Peters, whose district includes Coronado, much of San Diego, and Poway, called on Republicans to join Democrats to reopening the federal government and implementing modern border security.
“Let’s re-open the government and talk about these ideas and quit holding the paychecks of 800,000 federal workers hostage to a wall that is never going to get built,” he said.
The federal government shutdown over President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding is on track to be the longest on record.