Former Homeland Security head: Mexico wall will hurt GOP

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the GOP made a mistake in adopting Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border into its party platform.

“It’s a bad idea,” he said Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” “It’s a bad idea short-term, and it’s a bad idea long-term. I just can’t believe my party has basically drawn a wall between us and our ability to attract Hispanic voters.”

“This whole proposition of a wall: I say shame on us, we’ve lost our way,” added Ridge, the former governor of Pennsylvania. “I prefer presidents who tear down walls, not build them.”

{mosads}Ridge said Republican policy decisions are eroding the party’s support within the crucial Hispanic voting bloc.

“There was a time when our party was very attractive to Hispanic family members, and then because of some loud and incriminating accusations towards Mexicans and Hispanics generally, we’ve kind of lost it,” he said.

“If then, on top of that, you start building a wall, you’re not going to win, nor are you going to sustain a nationwide support for the Republican Party, pure and simple. In presidential elections, you have to build by addition, not subtraction. I can’t believe it’s happening to the GOP.”

Republicans crafting their policy platform in Cleveland quietly voted in favor of constructing a wall along America’s southern border.

The measure, proposed by Trump supporter Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of State, was approved unanimously by a subcommittee that evening.

The platform’s language does not indicate who will pay for the wall. Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has repeatedly said Mexico would foot the bill.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said last Sunday there is “no way” his nation will pay for a border wall.

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