REAX Of Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) To President Trump’s Claim That The Military Can Build His Wall

The real national emergency is the President’s senseless and costly shutdown.  There is no national emergency on the southern border.  Between 2000 and 2018, border apprehensions fell sharply from roughly 1.6 million in fiscal year 2000 to approximately 400,000 in fiscal year 2018  -- that’s a 75 percent drop.  The President stealing resources from the Defense Department for the construction of a wasteful border wall, at taxpayer expense, to defend against the President’s imaginary invasion would make our country less safe and the men and women of our military less safe.  We need comprehensive immigration reform to address the complex issues at our southern border, not military assets.  It’s time to end this nonsense and reopen the government by passing the bipartisan bills passed by the House last night. 


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