Letter to the Editor

Border wall

Friday, January 18, 2019

My father would often state that if you wanted to find out who was behind something you need to "follow the money" trail. Who is pushing for an outcome and how do they profit from it and when you answer that you see behind the veil.

The recent events that took place on the United States' southern border is a culmination of years of purposeful mismanagement by our politicians who choose to use these events for their political gain, and at the peril of those trying to get into our country, and charging the taxpayers of the U.S. enormous sums to lessen the push back from the press and we citizens.

The Wednesday, Jan. 16, edition of the Wall Street Journal contained an article titled “Judge Blocks Citizenship Question.” It went into detail on the decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman who presided over the trial of various cities, states and "left leaning advocacy" groups versus The U.S. Census Bureau in their use of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The article went on to state that the plaintiffs had argued that adding the question "would lead to a significant undercount" where the "lower count could result in fewer congressional seats and billions of dollars in lost federal funding in districts with large number of immigrants."

My concern is that for each additional 735,000 in population a new representative is created. Additional representatives can mean more federal funding and many of these cities and states are close to bankruptcy (see California, Illinois, New York just to name a few). So it behooves those states with large populations of undocumented people to make sure they are counted. Really? Since when do undocumented people get the same benefits as those of us who are tax paying citizens? Now I know why the Democrats in Washington are blockading common sense reforms including building a physical barrier where needed. They want the money.

Dave Kimbell, Spencer