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Polis statement on Trump’s immigration executive actions

Executive orders will build wall on U.S. - Mexico border and cut federal funding to sanctuary cities

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Washington, January 25, 2017 | comments

Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive actions to build a wall along the United States - Mexico border and invoke punitive measures to block federal funding from sanctuary cities.

“Asking American taxpayers to pay billions of dollars for a fence along our southern border will not do anything to fix our broken immigration system,” said Polis.

“Further, holding cities hostage by threatening to cut federal funding places an unfunded burden on local municipalities to enforce federal immigration law, and runs contrary to their constitutional rights. If the president is serious about reforming our immigration system, he should begin by working with Congress to create a modern system of lawful migration that is consistent with our values and economic needs as a nation," Polis continued.

“In our bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan, we had three times as much funding for border security as President Trump, and we didn’t spend a penny of taxpayer money, we actually would have reduced the deficit by nearly $200 billion over ten years.”

Since joining Congress in 2008, Rep. Polis has been a champion for fixing our broken immigration system to align with American values.  In October 2013, he introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that would have improved national security, streamlined our country’s guest worker system, and created a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented individuals. The Senate companion of this landmark bill passed in June 2013 and was widely heralded as one of the most significant attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in decades.

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