Tester: A Wall Would Make Border Immigration Problem Worse
First, before we dive into it, let's pat Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on the back for doing a real townhall meeting, even if it was with a friendly crowd in Bozeman, Montana. This is a nice contrast to 2012, when he was up for re-election and tried to evade public scrutiny over his vote in support of Obamacare.
That being said, it looks like the topic of Obamacare still came up, as ABC Fox Montana reports:
But one man pressed Tester hard on his record, asking if the three-term senator knew that the cost of healthcare would skyrocket after the passing of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, a bill Tester voted in favor of.
"Her deductible was $2,000," the man said, referring to his wife's medical coverage before Obamacare. "Now, it's over $7,500."
Here's where it also got interesting, Senator Tester isn't merely saying that he supports other measures when it comes to securing our southern border. Tester is now saying that a wall on our southern border would make the problem worse.
Here's the report from NBC Montana:
Instead, he offered other solutions like having more immigration judges near the border who can adjudicate those who are seeking asylum in a timely manner.
"If we're going to deal with the immigration problem, if we're going to deal with the drug problem -- let's deal with it. The best way to deal with that is not with a wall; I think that makes the immigration problem worse not better, it's to deal with it with technology and manpower," he said.