With the illegal immigration issue at the U.S. southern border reaching crisis levels, congressional Democrats have increased their political and personal attacks against the federal government, namely President Trump, who has been trying to fund his border security wall since arriving in Washington.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has been pummeled with criticism over their recent detention of illegal immigrants, and improvised use of a closed-off area under a freeway underpass in El Paso, Texas.
Because of the huge influx of illegal immigrants in the region, there is no more room to house them, leaving border agents no choice but to create temporary detention facilities like the one under the freeway in Texas,
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Trump is pointing at the mass migration issue at the border as the proof positive reason why the border wall needs to be built, saying that more and more criminals are being found within the detainee population.
The Department of Defense has told congress that it will transfer $1 billion of their funds to help build the border wall, a move some Democrats call “illegal.”
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (D), whose congressional district runs along the southern border, has especially taken issue with Trump’s immigration policy, calling the wall proposal a “monument to his racist policies” and has written a letter to his congressional colleagues urging them to keep the Department of Defense from transferring funds to build the wall.
“The Dept. of Defense is trying to illegally move around funds to build Trump’s monument to his racist policies. I wrote to @AppropsDems urging them to include language in the appropriations bill to prohibit the transfer of funds for border wall construction in FY20. #NoBorderWall”-Rep. Raul Grijalva
Grijavla is requesting that language be introduce bill language in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations budget that will “prohibit funds to construct Trump’s border wall.”
The Arizona congressman also asserted that communities along the border are “some of the safest cities in the country,” adding that the security focus needed to be on organized crime, “human, drug, and gun trafficking” and not the “continued militarization” of the region.
“Trump’s border wall is unnecessary, harmful and ineffective. Border communities remain some of the safest cities in the country, yet the continued militarization of our borderlands continues hurting border communities, commerce, and wildlife. An evaluation and analysis that addresses real security concerns—such as organized criminal organizations, and human, drug, and gun trafficking—is needed prior to spending additional billions under the false pretense of security. – Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) letter to congress.