CAPAC Opposes Inclusion of Border Wall Funding in “Minibus” Package

Jul 25, 2017 Issues: Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a “minibus” appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2018 that includes the Defense, Energy & Water, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. Although the “minibus” does not include the Homeland Security appropriations bill, House Republicans are expected to incorporate $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall through a self-executing rule. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“The inclusion of $1.6 billion in this week’s ‘minibus’ package to fund an ineffective and divisive border wall is a direct attack on immigrant communities. Funding this immoral border wall only serves to fulfill President Trump’s dangerous campaign promises rooted in anti-immigrant and xenophobic hysteria, and does nothing to make Americans more safe. Instead, it threatens immigrant families and walls us off from our neighbors.

“American taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill to further President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I urge my colleagues to reject this divisive funding proposal that is driven by hate. Instead, we must focus on common-sense solutions, including comprehensive immigration reform, to ensure that America remains the land of opportunity for all.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), CAPAC Immigration Task Force Chair:

“A $1.6 billion border wall is a ridiculous proposal concocted by an equally ridiculous ideologue. It is cruel and inhumane, but worst of all, it does absolutely nothing to advance our national security or fix our broken immigration system. As long as we continue to throw money at enforcement-only tactics without providing a roadmap to citizenship, we won’t be successful. In 2013, the Senate passed a bipartisan reform bill that was far-reaching, allotting money to both a path to citizenship and border security. Comprehensive immigration reform is the right decision for our economy, for commerce and for the 11 million undocumented men, women and children who are integrated into our communities and families. No wall or ban will ever be able to crush the need for families to be together, and I will continue to fight for those families—and for compassionate immigration reform—so that everyone has a chance at the American dream.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.