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Austin, TX – Today, The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a vote on a spending package that will include $5.7 billion for a border wall, a bill that yesterday passed through the U.S. House. In Texas, every Member of Congress who represents the border between Texas and Mexico voted against President Trump’s wall, including Republican Will Hurd, whose district represents the largest swath of border land, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who represents El Paso, as well as Reps. Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela, who represent Brownsville and McAllen respectively.
Beyond it being an exorbitant waste of money, studies have shown that a border wall in Texas would force people to give up their land to the federal government, would further militarize the border and would also be detrimental to fragile ecosystems along the border. In addition, polls have consistently shown that a majority of Texans oppose the border wall.
Mario Carrillo, State Director of America’s Voice Texas, issued the following statement:
Sen. Cornyn has a choice. He can stand with his fellow Texans who live along the border, as well as those Members of Congress who represent it, and reject Trump’s wall. Or, he can cower and cave to the President once again. Border residents have repeatedly condemned the construction of a border wall that would negatively impact their lives and communities. They know the real world effects Trump’s wall would have, which is why a majority of Texans oppose it. We shouldn’t have to remind Sen. Cornyn that he represents the people of Texas, not Donald Trump. Given his long record of anti-immigrant votes, we have low expectations for Cornyn. But, he needs to know Texans are watching to see whose side he is on.