Latino Caucus Chair Issues Statement on Trump's Executive Order on Immigration and our Border

January 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California State Senator and California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to Executive Orders issued by President Donald Trump today on immigration and borders:

“President Trump's executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is a dim-witted publicity stunt that is more aimed at disparaging an important international ally than curbing illegal crossings. Building walls is a failed political policy that should remain in medieval history. In addition, building a multi-billion dollar wall is a reckless waste of taxpayer dollars that will not prevent crossings. If he was interested in truly creating jobs and protecting America's economy and national defense, he should make wise investments in reducing border wait times, opening foreign markets by treating our allies and closest neighbors with respect, and dignity. In addition, the President needs to invest our precious tax dollars in policies directed at developing housing, education and improving health. Our allies will retaliate against every executive order that seeks to hurt them. He is needlessly attacking them in a manner that will most definitely result in conflict not the harmonious relationships we need to cultivate to promote a shared prosperity.”


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