A group of wives of US Border Patrol agents are speaking out and calling out the leadership of the House of Representatives. The wives of the Rio Grande Border Patrol agents have sent an open letter to Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and challenged her to visit the border area that their husbands work every day. They claim there is a strong demand for a wall
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Border Patrol wives Jill Demanski and Renea Perez appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to bring light to their letter and their husbands situations.
We, the wives of the [Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol], would like to cordially invite you to come visit McAllen, Texas, as President Trump did. We would like to show you around! You don’t need to bring any security detail. Our husbands and significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness. […] We’d also appreciate if you’d stop pretending that you care about federal workers. If you did, you would care for their safety, not just their paychecks. We can hold out a while longer if it means our husbands and communities are safer.
“I don’t think it’s fair that they’re asking one or two agents to handle groups of hundreds of people crossing over at one time,” Demanski said. “[…] We don’t think it shows that they are worried about our agents’ safety.”
“I felt it’s really important to have our leaders come here and see what’s happening first. It’s important to meet with the people who are here on a daily basis, that are witnessing it – the effects of it, that it has on our country,” Demaski said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “We want them to come here and make an informed decision and to see what’s really going on.”
“[A wall] will allow them to do their job more efficiently and give them more time – if they are by themselves – have another agent meet them. It is definitely needed,” Perez said. “We just want them to come down there on the line and actually see where the argument is all about.”
“Border patrol and our agents and experts here have been asking for [the wall] for years,” she said. “Now we have a president who has come here and seen first-hand the need and has had our backs.”
As of this morning, it does not appear that Speaker Pelosi has responded to the letter, at least publicly, and does not appear to have any plans to visit the border. While Congress and the President reached a deal to open the government for the next three weeks, a longer term fight on border security certainly appears inevitable.