Published : Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 7:40 PM
Pasadena-area Congresswoman Judy Chu Thursday joined a congressional tri-caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in urging the leaders of the Republican party to oppose funding for the border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Chu, who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, joined the chairs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in writing to Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to oppose additional funding from the Department of Homeland Security for a border wall.
“This Congress has already spent close to $2 billion on border-barrier construction despite the fact that the southwest border is more secure than ever,” the members wrote.
The representatives said the DHS itself is reporting that the southwest land border “is more difficult to illegally cross today than ever before.” They are asking the DHS to provide concrete data showing the need and efficacy for such a wall.
“Moreover, Congress must take meaningful steps to address the administration’s cruel immigration policies of the past two years: family separation; tear gassing toddlers; illegal denial of asylum-seekers; relentless attacks on immigrant communities of color; and termination of the DACA program and grants of Temporary Protected Status,” the letter continued. “Our communities deserve better than to be divided and our taxpayers deserve accountability and transparency.”
The letter also said construction has taken place this year along the southwest border, resulting in “irreparable harm to border residents and their surroundings.”
The writers also described the border wall as a medieval approach to border security.
“We urge you to reject all border wall funding in fiscal year,” the letter said. “Money should not go toward any new or expanded border fencing, levee walls, or conversion of existing barriers.”
According to the representatives, the Senate’s 2019 DHS appropriations bill includes $1.6 billion for wall construction that would wall off nearly all of south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.
The House 2019 DHS appropriations bill includes a staggering $5 billion for wall construction, the representatives continued.