Rep. Chu Opposes Inclusion of Border Wall Funding in “Minibus” Package
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes the Defense, Energy & Water, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. Although the “minibus” does not include the Homeland Security appropriations bill, House Republicans are expected to incorporate $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall through a self-executing rule. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:
“The inclusion of $1.6 billion in this week’s ‘minibus’ package to fund an ineffective and divisive border wall is a direct attack on immigrant communities. Funding this immoral border wall only serves to fulfill President Trump’s dangerous campaign promises rooted in anti-immigrant and xenophobic hysteria, and does nothing to make Americans more safe. Instead, it threatens immigrant families and walls us off from our neighbors.
“American taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill to further President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. I urge my colleagues to reject this divisive funding proposal that is driven by hate. Instead, we must focus on common-sense solutions, including comprehensive immigration reform, to ensure that America remains the land of opportunity for all.”