Will Hurd is a Republican member of the US House of Representatives. His district, which stretches from the suburbs of San Antonio to the outskirts of El Paso, also contains the largest swathe of the US-Mexico border of anyone in Congress. And because the sections of the border that pass through California, Arizona, and New Mexico are overwhelmingly already protected by physical barriers of one kind or another (some of it a wall, some of it more like a fence) he represents far and away the majority of the land through which Trump's new physical border would be built.
And he's not excited about it. Appearing on CNN Friday morning, he described it as "wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars." Thursday he called it "unnecessary" and "too expensive" in separate remarks.
All that is probably true. But there's a deeper angle to Hurd's opposition, at least according to people in Texas I've spoken to over the years. To build a wall through Hurd's district, the federal government will need to literally seize the land of Hurd's constituents.
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