Not everyone is steadfast against President Trump’s vision for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. There is one state, in particular, that is full throttle behind the endeavor—so much so that they are willing to donate state surplus funds to see the wall built.
The GOP-led House of Delegates for the state of West Virginia made an announcement Monday that a bill was introduced by three of the houses delegates that would divert $10 million from the states current surplus of $186 million to be used for construction in an effort to get the border wall built.
President Trump is estimating a cost of $5.6 billion to get a wall built along our border with Mexico, an estimated 235 miles in length. Due to members of Congress, that take issue and have spoken out that they do not think the wall is actually necessary, the government has been in partial shutdown for a historical twenty-seven days—longer than any other previous shutdown in the US.
Although the $10 million dollar donation would be just a drop in the bucket for what is needed for construction, it is definitely a step in the right direction. The sponsors of the bill are delegates Carl “Robbie” Martin, R-Upshur; Patrick Martin, R-Lewis; and Caleb Hanna, R-Webster.
When you think of why the delegates proposed the law, it makes sense, being that West Virginia by far holds the title of the most reported deaths from overdoses due to drugs. The three delegates stated in a call they made Tuesday that the $10 million they want to see donated would achieve a major slowdown to the drugs that are flowing into their state, by way of Mexico.
“Our constituents are crying out, saying that they need help with this drug problem,” Patrick Martin stated, “West Virginians want this wall. I believe that they want border security.”
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has reported that most of the heroin that finds its way to the States does so through the border with Mexico. Their reports also show that the number of meth labs is on the decline, but unfortunately, are being replaced by both Mexican and Latin American cartels.
The Democratic Party Chairwoman for West Virginia, Belinda Biafore, is very outspoken against the proposed bill. She says it is nothing but a political stunt and calls it sickening, adding that the money could do more good within the state than to be spent on the proposed wall.
Will the construction of the wall actually help to reduce the drug problems within West Virginia?