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Jodey Arrington shares his views on current American political issues

U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington was in Abilene on Thursday to speak with Abilene Christian University's chapter of College Republicans.

While he was in town, KTXS News wanted his thoughts on some major political issues that could have an impact on the Big Country.

Arrington stopped by KTXS News and discussed his thoughts on border control, tariffs on China and the farm bill.

For starters, Arrington agrees with President Donald Trump's decision to send National Guard soldiers to the U.S.'s border with Mexico.

“He happens to believe that his job is to secure the border and stop illegal immigration and encourage legal immigration so that we can have an orderly, systematic way so that people who want to become Americans and who want to enjoy this land of opportunity and freedom,” Arrington said.

When it comes to tariffs on China, Arrington wants the American people to stay strong.

“We are strong enough, self-sufficient enough, we have an abundance of food and energy like no other country in the world has been blessed, we need to operate that way, we need to act like the leader of the free world and not just for the sake of America, but (for) all these other countries that are being taken advantage of by China that can't stand up to them,” Arrington said.

Arrington also spoke about how the cotton industry in West Texas will be affected by the farm bill.

“The biggest deal for us in West Texas was to patch the big hole in the safety net where cotton used to be there and in the 2014 farm bill, there was the only commodity that was ripped out, so we have already patched that we passed legislation recently that restored the cotton safety net status, it is huge for West Texas," Arrington said.

Jodey Arrington, a Republican, is the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 19th congressional district, which covers much of West Texas, including Abilene.

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