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Clearly, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianoforte have forgotten each were lauded as "technology scientists." They have chosen cement and steel over technology, including artificial intelligence, to provide border security. In the process each has ceded advances in artificial intelligence to the Chinese and ceded thousands of acres of land to Mexico. Instead of Mexico paying for the wall, Mexico is being given acres of valuable land, taken from American ranchers, farmers and private preserves.

Take the Trump-style wall that has begun to be built through the National Butterfly Center in Texas. To quote to a House Committee: “If our portion of wall (across National Butterfly Center) is allowed to proceed, President Trump will be effectively ceding a portion of the U.S. to Mexico … doing what General Santa Ana was never able to do,” said Center Manager Treviño-Wright, telling the members of the committee. “When did the U.S. government get in the business of giving away the United States of America?”

Not only giving away 70 percent of the NBC to Mexico, but destroying a significant source of tourism income for Americans, and destroying prime butterfly habitat. Mexico gains both income and habitat.

Any foreigner who wants a child to be born in the U.S., thus the child becoming a U.S. citizen, will now have a swath of U.S. territory beyond the wall upon which to give birth amongst the butterflies.

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That would not happen if the Trump wall were converted to a barrier of artificial intelligence.

John Bowen Hollow

Helena

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