This community opinion was contributed by community member Aurelio Zuniga. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent BenitoLink or other affiliated contributors.
It is time for the nonsense in Washington to stop. Not only are thousands of government employees not being paid, but millions of people across our country are being impacted in a negative way.
There is money in the budget for border security, so why not use it? The border patrol needs more advanced technology and more border patrol agents. Doing this will help secure the border.
However, what we really need is comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the very serious labor shortage problem being faced by farmers in San Benito County and throughout the entire United States.
Most farmers, I believe, will agree that a better foreign guest worker program, (not e-verify) must be part of any comprehensive immigration reform.
My advice to President Trump and all members of Congress, forget the wall and start talking with farmers, because that’s where a real crisis exists.