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New Mexico's political leaders weigh in on border wall debate

KOB Web Staff
February 11, 2019 10:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico political leaders responded to President Trump's rally in El Paso and weighed in on the border wall debate.

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U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland

“New Mexico is my home and I know the border is not a scary place. The Trump administration’s account of the border is inaccurate and divisive. The unlawful decisions made by this administration have needlessly made it increasingly dangerous for families fleeing violence and economic unrest in their countries to exercise their legal right to seek asylum,” said Congresswoman Haaland. “With the information we got today and the things I’ve seen, it’s clear that we need a comprehensive approach that recognizes the humanity and dignity of the people seeking a better life in our country. It’s more effective to invest in more staff and resources to process families crossing the border and technology to secure our border than it is to waste billions of dollars on a wall.”

U.S. Senator Tom Udall

“As New Mexicans know, fear-mongering and out-of-touch characterizations of the border do not match the reality on the ground, and the president's simplistic solution -- a massive, wasteful wall along the entire southern border -- is not a realistic or effective approach to keeping people safe or keeping our nation secure. 

“We need to work toward common-sense solutions, not hold the threat of another shutdown over the heads of the thousands of federal workers in New Mexico and the families who rely on critical government services. The last shutdown – the longest in American history – was disastrous for our state, and it should have never happened. I’ve worked on the Appropriations Committee to help craft bipartisan legislation to responsibly fund the government and fund our priorities. We can’t allow the president to hold the livelihoods of New Mexicans hostage for his wasteful demands, and I’m continuing to push for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to keep the government up and running.”

Steve Pearce, chairman of New Mexico GOP

“President Trump has taken his fight for border security directly to the people, and specifically to a city where barriers, technology and law enforcement personnel have made a tremendous difference in making people safe. Right now, parts of New Mexico, like Hidalgo County, are experiencing hundreds of illegal immigrants every week — a real humanitarian crisis that is due in part to the lack of effective barriers. The President is giving them a voice and we hope that Congress is listening.”

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