[Ed. – Vargas overlooks the fact that 46 of the 60 miles of boundary between San Diego County and Mexico have walls or fencing, some of it recently built.]
In response to President Donald Trump’s nationally televised speech on Tuesday, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) used the city of San Diego as an example of there not being a crisis on the border and pointed to how it’s safer than the nation’s capital.
“So the president claimed that law enforcement had requested some $5.7 billion for the wall. He also claimed that Democrats requested it to be a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall. Is that true,” CNN’s Don Lemon asked.
“No, it’s not true at all. In fact, it’s interesting listening to all the rhetoric, I live along the border, about a little over ten miles from the border. It’s San Diego. I mean, it’s basically paradise,” Vargas replied. “It’s one of the safest places in the country. And the notion that we have a crisis there, a security crisis, is absolute nonsense.”
“But the notion that somehow we’re insecure — I mean, I have two daughters, I have a wife, you know, I come to D.C., I flew from San Diego today. I can tell you, they are safe. They are safe in San Diego, much safer than they would be here in D.C.,” he added.