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Jayapal Statement in Response to Trump Administration’s Move to Send National Guard Troops to the Southern Border

SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border:

“Trump’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border is a monumental waste of time, money and resources – especially when the border is as secure as ever. Apprehensions are at record lows and numbers of border crossings are down, this move by the administration does nothing to fix the immigration issues at hand.

“It’s become abundantly clear that Donald Trump does not have any kind of a long-term solution for our broken immigration system. Easily swayed by Fox News and the more xenophobic members of his cabinet, he is using migrant children as scapegoats for his harsh immigration agenda. He’s only interested in pandering to the far-right base of his party to get attention for his inhumane, disgusting policies.

“We don’t need to militarize the border, we don’t need to build expensive, wasteful walls. We need to address the underlying systemic issues that drive immigration and fix our own outdated immigration system. I stand ready and willing to work with anyone who wants to enact this long-overdue fix to our broken immigration system.”