PRESS RELEASE: Congressmen Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez Issue Statement on Executive Order

Taxpayers to pay for President Trump's Border Wall 

Washington, D.C. - Representatives Filemon Vela (TX-34) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement today in reaction to the news that President Donald Trump will ask taxpayers to pay for a wall along the southern border. 

Representative Vela stated, "President Trump’s executive action is ignorant, short-sighted, and continues to mislead the American people. A border wall would only be a simplistic semblance of a solution for complex regional challenges that can only be addressed through collaboration with our partners in Latin America, not through grandstanding. He still wants the American people to believe that Mexico will pay for an absurd border wall that has been estimated to cost up to $14 billion dollars, but don’t let him fool you. It is a great big lie. You will be paying for it, and it won’t solve anything.

“If President Trump is serious about securing our border, he should work with Members of Congress to develop smart and effective plans to do so," said Representative Gonzalez. "His plan to build a wall is neither smart nor effective. In fact, it reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues facing communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and the security measures already in place. We have technology and manpower capable of surveilling and protecting our borders – let’s continue to invest in that, not in an antiquated, expensive, and ineffective border wall, which is an insult to our friend and neighbor to the south, Mexico."