Hartzler discusses need for border wall


U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler discussed her support for a border wall and called the situation a crisis while speaking to Lebanon’s Rotary Club Thursday.
“We need to stop the flow of drugs into our country and the incentive to take people who aren’t criminals here, 30 percent of the women are raped along the way, Doctors with Borders has said,” she said. “Eighty percent of the heroin that is in our community is coming from across the border, the cartels hire drug mules, they wear camo and they’re hard to spot. MS-13 gang members from Phoenix meet them in the desert, take the drugs and then they come up I-44 and end up in our community. It’s important that we stop this.”

She said she supported using drug forfeiture money and  Department of Defense funds for drug interdiction for the wall.
“The part I’m watching is the military construction part to see which projects he wants to identify and shift that money over to building a wall,” she said. “Obviously, if it has Fort Leonard Wood (projects), I’ll object to that and ask that we fund that some other way.”

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