Several wives of Border Patrol agents have invited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to come to the southern border to see the work that is done by the men and women of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Throughout the record-breaking partial government shutdown, Pelosi stood firm on her refusal for additional funding for a physical barrier at the border despite the requests from Border Patrol professionals. Although the shutdown has ended temporarily, a decision on long-term funding for border security must be made by February 15.
Jill Demanski, whose husband is a Border Patrol agent, hopes that a visit to the border would influence Pelosi’s decision regarding wall funding. In a letter that Demanski wrote to the speaker, she asked Pelosi to visit the border to see that a physical barrier is an important feature needed to keep Border Patrol agents safe:
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.
During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Demanski and fellow Border Patrol wife Renea Perez discussed their fears for their husbands’ safety without a physical barrier between them and large groups of migrants.
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Perez noted that her husband has been by himself when he’s spotted large groups of migrants. She claimed that a border would slow down the group and allow for additional agents to arrive to ensure that the migrants are stopped without putting her husband at significant risk.
“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.”
Both Perez and Demanski noted that it was not easy to go without paychecks, but they were still hopeful the nationwide debate could lead to a safer workplace for their loved ones.
“Bills don’t stop, so we were feeling like we were forgotten,” Perez said.
But Demanski noted that “it is not President Trump that is necessarily asking for the wall. Border Patrol and our agents and experts here have been asking for it for years.”
Demanski hopes that Pelosi will realize she can support the wall and safety of her husband without supporting Trump.