Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement on Executive Order on the Border Wall and Sanctuary Cities

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Washington, DC, January 25, 2017 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order to begin construction of a border wall and strip federal funding from sanctuary cities:

"A border wall is a simplistic approach to a complex problem. A border wall will cost billions to build – if it ever does get built – and that will be after millions more tax dollars are spent on eminent domain lawsuits as Americans fight to keep their property from being seized by the federal government. There will also likely be millions of tax dollars spent on environmental lawsuits. Only bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform is going solve the problem of illegal immigration.

“Enforcement of our immigrations laws is a federal responsibility. Compelling local law enforcement to take on immigration means less time for them to focus on their primary responsibility – protecting our communities. When law enforcement plays immigration cop, people are afraid of cooperating with investigations. Punishing cities by stripping federal resources will only further diminish the ability of local law enforcement to serve and protect.”

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