Editor’s note: We got some great feedback about our video report on the effects of the border wall built near San Diego, and this week’s mailbag leads off with your comments.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness did a really good job covering the border wall in San Diego (“Underreported: How Building a Border Wall Changed San Diego“). I sent her video report to my congressman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. (This after a letter saying that with them doing a continuing resolution the day before, I should have just voted for the Democrats.)

I grew up in El Paso. We need a wall in Texas, and I’m glad to have this great video to show it works and why it works. I will be sharing it with friends.—D.J. Barnes, near Dallas


Kelsey Harkness’ video report about the San Diego wall was well done and very succinct. I had never known that the wall made that much difference, or what the stats were. To have that information is highly irregular. No one else is even trying to produce this type of revealing info.—John Rhodes, Sherman, Texas


Thank you for your report regarding the San Diego wall. The facts regarding crime were impressive. I was not aware, and now I feel informed. Great job.—Linda Schmehl


The San Diego wall was underreported when construction began in 1989, and as the wall grew in breadth and depth over the next decade. Today, “underreported” would be too polite. The press positively censors itself from any mention of that wall, or those already standing in Texas and Arizona. It’s more like a plan than an oversight.—Alex Bendyna


So far everything I’ve read or seen indicates you have a good grasp of what is going on, foreign and domestic. We are hit with the massive lies and subversion from the “mainstream media,” which is clearly the propaganda arm of the left.  So when we find new news sources, it is refreshing.

I share your items with all my friends on Facebook, and I forward great articles like the one today on the border wall in San Diego. Keep up the great work.—William Rodgers

The improved border situation near San Diego due to building a wall was on the news quite a while ago. But, of course, not much about it on “the news” since.

This story should have been blasted out on Fox News and Fox Business, as well as other conservative talk and news venues, the entire time that Donald Trump talked about building the wall during the campaign. Shame on them for their neglect.

This is a positive case of what could happen with an improved wall or fence on our southern border. But it was Trump’s idea, and he was espousing “draining the swamp” and shaking things up, and was an “outsider,” not an establishment type.

Could it be the conservative establishment doesn’t want to see things shaken up either, and that they are comfortable with their niche in the status quo? Remember, most of the personalities on Fox News opposed Trump from the start. And most on the staffs of Weekly Standard and National Review opposed Trump as well.

I thought that was strange at the time, until I realized that Trump was the only candidate who specifically talked about changing the ruling order—”draining the swamp.” Evidently, many people on both sides are comfortable with being mired in and part of the swamp. And the media is totally immersed in it.—William Siems

Mexicans have a saying, “Muros hacen buenos vecinos.” Fences (or walls) make good neighbors. Surprised that most Mexicans are in favor of the fence? We here in San Diego have 20 years’ experience with the fence. It benefits citizens on both sides of the border.—Gerald Frazier


I have to agree with securing our southern border, as I used to live on it. I was greatly conflicted, watching tattered and ragged people running past my house. However, Ciudad Acuna was a southern Mexican town that was doing well. It was right on the border, and seemed to thrive on being our neighbors.—Kay Hurdle

Gerald Eberwein writes that “a fence (aka wall) is a necessity.” (Photo: The Daily Signal)

For those of us who live in close proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border,  a fence (aka wall) is a necessity. In 1991, we began having a crime every three and a half days in our community of 1,100. These ranged from broken windows to kidnapping.

The community got Congress behind us to get a fence built, to keep the criminal element living in Mexico from being able to take their stolen goods back across the line. Once it was erected, the next crime was three months and three weeks later and the criminal was from 3 miles north in the USA.

Yes, it was desperation, because we were losing our homeowners insurance, besides our possessions and the damage to the homes. I personally lost several weapons and five stereo systems. We were in danger for our lives every night because of home invasions. There were four kidnappings in the area during that time.

The last threat was the possible foreclosure on our homes. Our mortgage has a clause saying we will “maintain homeowners insurance for the length of the mortgage.” And since the insurance companies would not insure us, we were in jeopardy.

If that’s not enough to want the extreme measure of a more secure fence, I’d sure like to know what more could suffice.—Gerald Eberwein

William Siems: “This is a positive case of what could happen.” (Photo: The Daily Signal)

This video reinforces my belief that a wall of some type can work. It’s ironic; this good news is happening in a sanctuary state that protects all who get there, even the criminals. Both parties have let this situation fester far too long.

Work visas could be an answer, where immigrants can work here and keep their families in their own country. It must state that if they stay pass their allotted time without getting an extension, they can be arrested and barred from re-entry.—Chuck Faraci Sr.


Where I live, it is possible to enter Mexico by paying a small fee at a border checkpoint. The Mexican government encourages it because it brings el norte’s dinero to el mercado.

(Re)entry to the United States requires only a U.S. ID (passport, green card, border pass, driver’s license, etc.) It’s not hard for anyone conducting themselves legally in either country.—James Monaco

Anne McDade Barrett: “The wall made a big difference in the influx of illegal immigrants.” (Photo: The Daily Signal)

Excellent! Why wouldn’t we want our country safe, and to help the Border Patrol any way we can?—LouCyndra McDonald


Though I now live in Colorado, I lived in San Diego from 1970 through 2013. When the Roger Hedgecock talk show was in its prime, his haranguing was instrumental in getting that wall built.

The wall made a big difference in the influx of illegal immigrants (call them what they are) to California. In the 1960s, California and Mexico had a system for Mexicans to work in California fields with “green cards.”

Transportation was set up for Mexicans to be bused from Mexico to California and back home to Mexico. It worked just fine until California unions pulled the plug on the system because they didn’t have any control over the workers; i.e., they weren’t getting any money out of it.—Anne McDade Barrett

More of the Same From Obama Administration

Dear Daily Signal: Thanks to Fred Lucas for his accurate reporting on the abuses against certain countries and policies, such as predominantly Catholic countries like Ireland, by George Soros’ group and the Obama administration policies (“After State Department Snub, Senators Look to ‘Other Means’ to Investigate Tax Dollars Propping Up Soros Work“).

It’s just more of the same from the Obama administration. The Little Sisters of the Poor, in spite of largely winning their Supreme Court case, still await resolution of the contraceptive mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Obama’s HHS exited office basically ignoring the Supreme Court directive to work out a peaceful and just resolution with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and the hundreds of other litigants forced to seek judicial relief from this egregious violation of religious liberty.

Since this was regulatory, not statutory, HHS could have at any time worked this out with the Little Sisters and others. But, true to form, Obama’s administration did not.

From an administration headed by a man who claimed to be a Christian—and one who was given the Nobel Peace Prize—these types of anti-Christian behavior and policies are hard to understand.  Stunning, really.

I am hopeful and pray that the Trump administration, and HHS under Dr. Tom Price, will support the faith-based delivery system that provides care to people of all faiths every day. In all, 1 in 6 Americans gets care from a Catholic health care delivery system. When one adds in the rest of the Judeo-Christian health care organizations, the numbers are quite large.

These faith-based organizations deserve better treatment than they received under the prior administration. Thanks for your courageous reporting.Kathleen Goryl

Controlling Unruly Crowds

Dear Daily Signal: Your work and reporting are much appreciated. May I suggest some form of the following ideas be implemented for future “town hall” meetings: They should be just that, attended by citizens from the area that particular congressman represents.

Why not check ID to make sure those constituents have primary access near the podium and the earliest opportunities to ask questions of their congressman? Those not from the represented area may have access to the venue but may ask questions only after those represented.

Anyone violating respect for the congressman or the represented citizens will be escorted out, revealing that they obviously are there to disrupt. Just a thought for “unruly crowd”control.—Alice Galusha

Caring for Our Veterans

Dear Daily Signal: We need a different approach to providing medical care to veterans (“Trump to Announce ‘Tremendous Things’ for Veterans Health Care“). First, give the people in charge at the Department of Veterans Affairs the authority to do their job, to include firing and reassignment.

Next, any employee of the VA who is not respectful or doesn’t get effective care for a veteran within a week will be reassigned immediately to Afghanistan for a year of duty. He or she may elect instead to go to Syria, Iraq, or Iran. In place of reassignment, the employee may resign immediately with forfeiture of retirement benefits.

If you as a VA employee don’t love our country enough to take care of those who have risked their lives for your freedom, you don’t deserve to live in a free country. If we had this requirement for politicians, we would have a far superior country. Problem solved. Veterans cared for.—Arlene Bess

Grading the GOP Congress 

Dear Daily Signal: Let’s have a report card on the first 100 days of activities of our members of Congress and their cooperation with President Trump, especially the Republican Party leaders.

Who has been positive and negative—helped implement the Trump initiatives or denied them—and what were their votes? What action has each member of Congress taken to implement or deny the president’s mandate?—Judy Salgado

Corruption in Minnesota

Dear Daily Signal: I believe there is a lot of corruption in Minnesota, and am glad I moved out of that state in 2009 (“Election Results Gave This Union Millions. Now State Lawmakers Are Looking Into Voter Fraud“).

I don’t believe Norm Coleman lost to Al Franken, either. It was just Democrats cheating. There is no justice anymore, just judges covering up Democrat crimes.—Susan Burgardt

Nolan Peterson in Ukraine

Dear Daily Signal: I just wanted to say thanks to your foreign correspondent, Nolan Peterson, for the work he is doing in Ukraine (“France’s Election Is Also a Crossroads for Europe“). Were it not for his reporting, I would have no clue what was happening there and the humanitarian tragedy unfolding.

There’s an eerie silence about Ukraine in the media here in the United States. The war, as Nolan has said, is real, and we cannot afford to continue in ignorance. Keep up the good work and the good journalism.—Hans Saunders


May God bless Nolan Peterson in his work and service. We fully appreciate what he is doing to keep us informed on the situation in the Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe, as well as other provocative actions by Russia.—Hal Miner 

How Are We Doing?

Dear Daily Signal: I am so glad to have found you. I am so frustrated with the “mainstream media” and all its bias. I hope that you continue to push and succeed in supporting the true attitudes of the citizens, which our political parties and powerful counterparts are trying to stifle. Please continue to show the facts and enlighten us to the truth. I especially loved the recent article on sanctuary citizens and the truth behind President Trump’s executive order. Thank you.Marie Canfield

You are doing a terrific job.Rose Cannaday 

I don’t think The Daily Signal should be involved with promoting prayer, as that is a personal thing and it is a subtle knock on those of us who are loyal members of The Heritage Foundation but are not big fans of religion.—David Eidelman

Your information is appreciated. Without people like yourselves, where would we hear or read the truth? God bless each and everyone.Betty Walker

Good job. Keep up the good work.Dean