House Democrats introduce legislation that would put a stop to Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
In an effort being spearheaded by Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, twenty-four House Democrats have introduced a bill that would reverse the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on “immigration enforcement improvements” and upped border security.
In a statement given by Carper Thursday, he said:
‘Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart layered approach to border security.’
According to Carper:
‘If President Trump is serious about securing the border and stemming the tide of migrants entering our country illegally, he should work with Congress and build upon progress made over the past several years in order to improve security along our border.’
The executive order that Trump signed back in January was enacted with the intention of building a physical wall across the border between Mexico and the United States. It also contains plans to crack down and deporting more undocumented immigrants and calls for detention facilities to be built near the border.
The bill argues that the price of the wall will be incredibly expensive and, despite what President Trump promised during his campaign, Mexico won’t be paying for it. The wall will be built with taxpayer money. The cost is estimated at $21 billion.
Aside from the fact that it’s clearly a horrible idea, based on price and physics, the fact is, there’s zero evidence that a wall, beyond what is already in place, is necessary. The United States already has more than 650 miles of fencing, where it was determined to be most needed. DHS has no numbers to show how an extension of the border wall would add security.
As people have tried to explain to Donald Trump since he started talking about this wall nonsense, the terrain along the border between Mexico and the U.S. is not all flat. Building a wall across the entire border wouldn’t make any sense.
Democrats have bashed Donald Trump’s abhorrent immigration policies and have made a pledge to block funding for any bill that will finance the U.S./Mexico border wall.
Despite the fact that there are Republicans from border states who have publicly shared their skepticism when it comes to erecting a physical wall, Democrats will still have a battle on their hands in getting legislation passed that would put an end to Trump’s executive order.
In order to get the bill passed would require winning over, at minimum, 12 House republicans.
Supporting the legislation, aside from Sen. Carper, is Michael Bennet (Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Chris Coons (Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Al Franken (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kampala Harris (Calif.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Bob Mendez (N.J.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Chris Murphy (Conn.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.).
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