FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2018
Email: [email protected]
Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279
Senate Must Reject Last-Ditch Effort to Coerce Money for Trump’s Border Wall
WASHINGTON — Bending to Trump’s capricious demands, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives today passed a funding package that includes more than $5 billion for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. With just one day remaining before Friday’s deadline to avert a partial federal government shutdown, the bill now moves back to the U.S. Senate.
Avideh Moussavian, legislative director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:
“One of the basic functions of government is to keep its doors open. Sadly, the Trump administration and its enablers in Congress continue to hold the process hostage to extreme, costly, morally repugnant border militarization efforts.
“Communities across the country want their representatives to focus on investigating the corrupt and abusive practices of ICE and CBP, and to reject any proposal that would give funding for a border wall or militarization, or for more beds or agents. We should not be rewarding an agency that rips children from their parents, cages families and routinely terrorizes our communities at the border and in our backyards.
“The Senate must reject these last-ditch efforts to coerce more taxpayer money for Trump’s useless and immoral border wall.”
# # #