Last week, President Donald Trump visited San Diego, California, to inspect prototypes for his proposed border wall, a regressive project that would cost between $20 billion and $70 billion to construct. Trump’s California trip is underscored by a self-imposed and missed March 5th deadline to address the crisis affecting millions of Dreamers facing deportation after Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program.
The visit also happens days after more than 350 organizations, including Earthjustice, sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi and other prominent lawmakers, to call for the stop to unprecedented attacks on immigrant communities, and reject any funding for Trump’s border wall.
Now more than ever, we urge Congress and Trump, to focus on passing a clean Dream Act with no border wall.
While millions of Dreamers are at risk of losing their legal status sit in legislative purgatory, he’s admiring how his vanity wall looks on the border. Trump’s lack of focus and ignorance on protections for Dreamers is heartless and dangerous. Ninety percent of Americans want the President to take action to give Dreamers legal status. You wouldn’t know that if you listened to Trump.
As someone who grew up on the border, I know the U.S.-México border is a safe vibrant community with magnificent landscapes. Trump has continuously disparaged border communities as lawless and crime infested to rationalize his senseless wall. Trump’s extremist agenda to build a border wall would impose harmful impacts on the environment and ignore the voices of border communities and immigrant youth.
DREAMERs, border communities, and their allies are in the fight of their lives, working to protect their families, their lands, their water and their wildlife from Trump’s extremist agenda. Now more than ever, we urge Congress and Trump, to focus on passing a clean Dream Act with no border wall. Congress must also reject the $1.6 billion request to fund a wasteful project that would impose a useless wall on border towns that in reality would benefit much more from jobs, hospitals and government that protects their family’s health and environment.
Luis A. Torres is a Earthjustice Senior Legislative Representative.
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