Social media allows everyday Americans to get their voices out in ways previously undreamed of. Now one group of Texas Border Patrol wives have gotten their strong message — and a challenge — right to the most powerful woman in the world.
Official DHS/CBP photo by Josh Denmark
The women, who identify themselves as the wives of the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol, wrote a post on Facebook a day before President Trump signed a spending bill temporarily ending the government shutdown that resulted from a 35-day standoff with House speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over border wall funding. They asked for the public’s help in getting the post to go viral so it would catch the Pelosi’s attention.
Here’s what they wrote on Facebook:
“Dear Ms. Pelosi- We the WIVES OF THE RGV (Rio Grande Valley) BP (Border Patrol) would like to cordially invite you to come visit McAllen, TX as President Trump did. It appears you are not busy today or any day, until Tuesday when you will return from your 4 day vacation. Since you've closed the House, you should come visit us!!
Most of us wives will be home and available. We will not be grocery shopping, dropping off dry cleaning, taking our cars for oil changes, throwing our children birthday parties, or even jetting off to Puerto Rico for a few days. Heck, some of us didn't even sign our kids back up for activities b/c it appears you are unable or unwilling to negotiate. So, like I said, we'll be here!!
We would like to show you around! You don't need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/boyfriends/fiances/wives/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness! And since you see no threat here, I'm sure you can just make a quick flight down here alone. Hey, Trump might even allow you to use his plane for this visit!!
When you ask Trump to open the Government, then you’ll negotiate, even though you already said you won’t secure our border....this is kind of like when our kids want to eat dessert first, but they swear they’ll eat their broccoli after...this is kind of like that,but no notes dumb enough to play that game! For the record, many of us have saved for these days. We've faced many shutdowns before. But, we also recognize a weak leader when we see one, and we realize you may take awhile to come around.
We'd also appreciate if you'd stop pretending that you care about federal workers. If you did, you would care for their safety, not just their paychecks. We can hold out awhile longer, if it means our husbands and communities are safer.
You don't even need to worry about those MS-13 gang members you'll see running across the Border. Our guys and gals catch a lot of them.Like I said, they are good at their jobs!! I mean, if we had a wall we’d catch way more of them. But thanks to your laws, the ones we do catch we'll take to our huge air conditioned building, feed them, let them clean up, offering them clothes/hats/socks, maybe play on the billiard tables, or ping pong, or watch a movie, all while they wait for our charter bus to drive them to their "family" that lives in L.A. I mean, you don't need to worry about that...OMG I just realized...isn't L.A. part of your state?? Wow, sorry. My bad!
Also, it appears you do not own a pair of big girl pants. Do not worry, us BP wives own many pairs. In fact, that's all we own! We'd love to give you a pair of ours, you know we'd buy you your own, but we we're trying not to spend right now.
We look forward to seeing you soon!”
The woman who primarily wrote that letter, Jill Demaski, along with her friend Renea Perez, were interviewed by “Fox & Friends” on Monday, according to Fox News.
Asked about why she wrote the letter, Demaski replied, “I just felt it’s really important to have our leaders come here and see what’s happening firsthand. It’s important to meet with the people that are here on a daily basis, that are witnessing it and the effects of it, that it has on our country. We want them to come here and make an informed decision and to see what’s really going on.”
Perez, whose husband is also a Border Patrol agent, emphasized the need for a border wall “in the high-traffic areas,” saying it will allow agents “to do their job more efficiently and give them more time, if they are by themselves, to have another agent go meet them. It is definitely needed.”
Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco
“It’s not fair that they’re asking one or two agents to handle groups of hundreds of people crossing over at one time,” Demaski added. “And we’ve seen these caravans, more and more coming. We don’t think it shows that [Democrats are] worried about our agents’ safety when they’re asking one person to handle this many people coming through at one time.”
“If we have a barrier there, that will definitely slow [illegal aliens] down.”
Demaski added that the wall was not Trump’s ideas because agents and experts “have been asking for it for years. We finally have a president that has come here and seen firsthand the need for it and has had our back.”
“I don’t know of many presidents that could really have gone through the turmoil that he’s gone through to try to help us get this.”
Watch the 5-minute interview below: