Facebook comments: Jan. 14, 2018

As reported by American-Statesman special correspondent Maria Recio, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, led an effort to seize the initiative on immigration. McCaul’s legislative package would make good on President Donald Trump’s pledges by giving legal protection to so-called Dreamers, limiting immigration and providing $30 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border, along with other security measures and improvements to ports of entry.

Coab Evans: Republicans have no intention of negotiating in good faith.

Steve Good: Awesome! Hopefully it passes. We need a wall on the southern border.

Cheryl Hoxie: No spending of $30 billion and no border wall. Get over it and move on to productive, realistic projects.

David Henderson: Controlling the southern border from illegal immigration includes physical barriers. “Build that wall” is symbolism for all that entails. This is not about vilifying people trying to improve their lives; it is about protecting our citizens, respecting those who have legally migrated and preserving America for future generations.

Ann Bradford: Crack down on employers with fines. That won’t cost $30 billion and will actually generate money. That might send a message. A wall sends a “We hate brown people” message — and that is it.

Lois Elizabeth: But I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall.

Susan Craven Dixon: There is more than one way for Mexico to pay without them writing a check — but even if they don’t, the wall will pay for itself.

Raoul Duke: Cowards live behind walls. Texans are not cowards.

Nathan Clay Olsovsky: The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law.

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