Hispanic Caucus chair rips request to fund Trump border wall

Hispanic Caucus chair rips request to fund Trump border wall
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamStates urge citizens to stay at home, businesses to suspend in-person operations Governors plead with Trump for more coronavirus supplies, testing Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D-N.M.) is pushing back against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyPelosi scales back coronavirus infrastructure proposal Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Top GOP lawmakers push back on need for special oversight committee for coronavirus aid MORE's (R-Calif.) recently proposed legislation aimed at fully funding a wall along the southern border.

Lujan Grisham, who is running for governor of New Mexico, blasted the legislation, arguing it would be economically irresponsible to allocate funds toward the project — a top priority for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE.

“Despite evidence showing the negative economic and environmental impact of Trump’s border wall and overwhelming opposition by border communities and national security experts, Republicans in Congress continue to use the border wall as a political ploy to their base," she said in a statement.

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"The people who know the border the best, whether it’s companies or lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, border communities, trade groups, economists, and law enforcement officials, all agree that building a wall is unnecessary, impractical, ineffective, and a complete waste of time and taxpayer money.

The New Mexico Democrat alleged that the bill was a move by Republicans to rile far-right voters ahead of the November midterm elections, adding she doesn't believe it is an effective way to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

"This type of political maneuvering is in line with the Trump Administration’s decision to embrace radical, politically charged policies that have redirected the government’s limited resources and resulted in the separation of families at the border and, according to recent a recent report, resulted in federal drug-trafficking prosecutions along the southwestern border to plunge to their lowest level in nearly two decades," she said.

"Leader McCarthy and Trump’s politically driven agenda is undermining the will of the American people, our values, and ability to work together to address our nation’s most pressing issues.”

McCarthy's bill would allocate an additional $23.4 billion toward the border wall and includes a provision that would cut off funds for so-called sanctuary cities and prevent illegal immigrants from voting in U.S. elections.

“Few things are more fundamental to a nation than a protected border,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Proud to introduce the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act.”