Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, citing natural barriers and private property ownership in his home state of Texas as potential problems for building President Trump's border wall, is recommending "strategic fencing" instead.
His comments came during an interview on CNN's "New Day" program.
"First of all, you have to understand the geography," he said. "There are mountains. There's rivers. There's a lot of natural boundaries that we have right now that it's going to make it very difficult to put a fence, or a wall.
"Second of all, in Texas, most of the private property that we have in the southwest border is in the state of Texas. There will be lawsuits that will delay the building of any fence.
"I think the best way is if we have some sort of strategic fencing."
He called for the U.S to work with Mexico on the border problems.
"We keep spending billions of dollars on the one-yard line called the U.S. border," he said. "We need to extend it to their 20-yard-line and work with those friends across the border."
The Washington Examiner noted Cuellar's support for "strategic fencing" appears to be a comprise between Trump's wall and the status quo.
Cuellar had said before he couldn't support the wall and was only open to using technology to boost border protection, according to the website.
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