Congressman Sires Statement Condemning President Trump’s Directives to Build a Wall
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions directing the Administration to build a wall between the United States and Mexico:
“The building of a wall on our Southern border with Mexico would accomplish nothing, except increase the deficit and restrict U.S. companies in Border States from growing their businesses. Building and maintaining a wall between the United States and Mexico is a billion dollar project that will be built at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer. Trump has estimated that this wall will cost at least $8 billion, and conflicting data indicates that it could cost at least double that initial figure.
It is clear that our immigration system is broken and in need of substantial reforms. Plans that focus solely on physical barriers while ignoring those who are already in America is not an effective solution. Congress must work together, in a bipartisan manner, to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a process that requires those immigrants living outside the law to become legal citizens, learn English, pay taxes, and pass criminal background checks.
It is also critical that the Trump Administration acknowledges the causes of the illegal immigration into our country, such as the widespread violence in Central America. That is why as the Ranking Member on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee I am committed to working with our neighbors in the hemisphere to find solutions to the continued violence that forces many to flee their homeland.
In addition to costing the taxpayer billions of dollars, building and maintaining a wall along the Mexican border would do nothing but hurt U.S. businesses and alienate one of our strongest allies and neighbors.”