Linda Sánchez Statement on President Trump's Misleading Address to the Nation

January 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38) today released the following statement on President Trump’s misleading address to the nation on Tuesday night:

“The President and Administration officials have consistently used fear and misinformation around immigration as a political weapon to divide our country. President Trump’s address to the nation manufactured a fake crisis in the hopes of using precious taxpayer money to build an ineffective wall along our country’s southern border. He has pushed us into a government shutdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of federal employees, many of whom are essential to our national security, to work without pay. All while demanding a ransom of $5.7 billion to build an inadequate wall that will not make us ‘safer.’ 

“Continuing to repeat false claims about the current immigration situation does not make them true. There is no crisis along our southern border. It is appalling that the President believes that he can fool the American people with misinformation and fearmongering.

“Democrats agree that we must secure our borders. However, a wall is not the answer. We need comprehensive immigration reform along with effective border security to keep our nation safe. Wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a wall will not fix a broken immigration system or stop illegal drugs from entering our country.

“Americans deserve to have their country back and working for them. That is why House Democrats this week will vote on bipartisan legislation to re-open our government. We will not fund Donald Trump’s expensive and ineffective wall. President Trump must stop holding the American people and their government hostage, and he must work with Democrats to re-open the government.”

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez represents California’s 38th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and served as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus in the 115th Congress and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 114th Congress.