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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Reaction to Leader McCarthy’s Trump Border Wall Bill

Oct 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), released the following statement in reaction to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s plan to introduce legislation that would fully fund President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border:

“Despite evidence showing the negative economic and environmental impact of Trump’s border wall and overwhelming opposition by border communities and national security experts, Republicans in Congress continue to use the border wall as a political ploy to their base. The people who know the border the best, whether it’s companies or lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, border communities, trade groups, economists, and law enforcement officials, all agree that building a wall is unnecessary, impractical, ineffective, and a complete waste of time and taxpayer money. This type of political maneuvering is in line with the Trump Administration’s decision to embrace radical, politically charged policies that have redirected the government’s limited resources and resulted in the separation of families at the border and, according to a recent report, resulted in federal drug-trafficking prosecutions along the southwestern border to plunge to their lowest level in nearly two decades. Leader McCarthy and Trump’s politically driven agenda is undermining the will of the American people, our values, and ability to work together to address our nation’s most pressing issues.”

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