Dear Senator Brown
I am sincerely sorry to hear that you think the "most effective way to secure our border is to use the latest technology we have available". While these are definitely tools we can use to help, they are not the "most effective" way. Don't ask me, or even the president, ask those who guard our country. Technology must be backed up by man power, otherwise it is useless. Also technology requires electricity and is susceptible to weather and other issues. Let's be real here. As a one time Professional Land Surveyor (retired) for the Great state of Ohio, I have performed many surveys for people putting up fences to protest their property, family and possessions. As a current resident of the City of Cleveland, I see how people in "bad areas" especially protect there property by fences and other physical barriers, not just monitoring and alarm systems. These fences and barriers become a asset to the property and can last a long time after the original installation. The property value increases. Let's be real again, are these fences and barriers going to stop all intrusions? No, and even with back up systems we won't be able to keep all intruders out. Nothing, however, gives you a 24/7/365 head start like a wall or fence. It's just common sense.
I believe the President, has attempted to work with congress in good faith. He sees what many in this country, and in the State you represent, see. That a lot of individuals from other parts of this world would like to take advantage of the benefits given to legal residents of this country. You, and your fellow congressmen (past and present), have given away your power so that a president can use it in a legal way to try and resolve issues you have turned your backs to. Can it be abused? yes. Is it being abused in this case? maybe, but I and some legal authorities believe not. Unfortunately, it will probably end up in the courts and more . But you know all that.
Unfortunately, the wife is calling me to dinner, so I must leave off here for now.
Please consider supporting a physical barrier, in the end run it will be cheaper and more effective than "technology" and I like politicians who think about the people paying for the government.
Bernard J. Herman Ohio RLS 8036 (retired)