I have thought long and hard about the idea of a border wall and many people have asked me how I feel about it. Today I'd like to take this opportunity to state my position with the clarity and precision that such a delicate subject deserves.
If by a wall you mean an edifice to protect our citizens from the scourge of guns and drugs, to keep out those who would unfairly compete with the American worker by laboring at cut rate wages, to stop those nefarious characters who would traffic in human bodies. If you mean to stop those who would unfairly jump to the front of the line while others who have played by the rules wait years for their opportunity then I say sign me up. I'm all for a wall.
But if you mean that structure which would deny the promise of America to those huddling masses yearning to breathe free. If by a wall you mean a barrier to separate families, to cause untold hardship on those who have trekked hundreds or thousands of miles to escape from oppression and tyranny, brutal violence and rape, If you mean by a wall something that will say to the world America has forgotten her promise written on the copper tablet of that lovely lady in the harbor as a beacon of hope to the tired and the poor and oppressed then No Sir, sorry but I am dead set against it.
Thats how I feel and its a conviction that I hold so dear that no special interests are going to move me one inch from my position. You can excoriate me for my principles but thats where I stand and if I must stand alone because these ideas arent fashionable in some circles then so be it.