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Letter: Recent Gerson column makes strong points on the wall

That was a great column by Michael Gerson in the Jan. 12 Buffalo News on the Opinion page. It expressed my feelings exactly. Did you read it?

I would like to make a suggestion that might help resolve the border problem no matter what it is called, terrorist crisis or humanitarian crisis.

Trump is asking for $5.7 billion for a wall. Or is it a fence now? I have heard him refer to the $5.7 billion as a pittance. Where could this “pittance” be used to do the most good?

We need to improve the vetting process. Perhaps we could use the $5.7 billion to hire and train more people to speed up the vetting process. Qualifying families would move through quicker. Those who do not qualify would be sent back quicker. It would help relieve the humanitarian and terrorist crisis at the border. At the same time, we need to invest in better drug detection techniques and equipment.

According to NPR radio, the majority of the drugs are getting in at the points of entry. Perhaps we should ask the border patrol agents for their suggestions on where the money would do the most good.

We need our immigrant population to fill jobs, to restore neighborhoods and to increase the economy. Isn’t this a good thing?

Chris Kirisits

Amherst

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