The union which represents Border Patrol agents recently removed an old web page in which it trashed the idea of a border wall, Politico reports.
“Walls and fences are temporary solutions that focus on the symptom (illegal immigration) rather than the problem (employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens),” the union wrote.
The page went up in 2012, long before the wall became the centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s domestic policy.
The page made the same arguments most border security experts do, pointing out that most undocumented migrants overstay their visas and that walls can be circumvented with a ladder or tunnel.
“Walls and fences are only a speed bump,” the webpage read. “People who want to come to the United States to obtain employment will continue to go over, under and around the walls and fences that are constructed.”
The Border Patrol union reversed course and endorsed Trump for president in 2016 campaign, with many agents continuing to be close allies who willingly repeat the president’s lines and even provide props from busts made at security checkpoints that Trump can claim were found in the open desert.
So the props that trump used for his presser were in fact props. https://t.co/vCo8J5nz08
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 11, 2019
Union president Brandon Judd told Politico that he was elected the year after the page was posted and disagreed with it, but left it up to not appear to be hiding from the position.