PRESS STATEMENT

UnidosUS Decries House Decision to Stick Taxpayers with $1.6 Billion Bill to Fund Immoral Border Wall

July 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, House Republicans passed a funding proposal that provided a staggering $1.6 billion in taxpayer construction funding for Trump’s unpopular border wall, despite widespread public rejection of the Trump wall.

“We adamantly reject this move by the Republican House leadership to hand over more than a billion dollars in taxpayer money for a monument to intolerance. The vast majority of Americans oppose a taxpayer-funded wall and I’m sure can think of many other national priorities where our tax money would be better spent,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The smaller appropriations package, known as a “minibus,” lumped the 1.6 billion for a border wall with funding for defense, military construction, and veterans affairs, among others, circumventing standard procedures on appropriations bills, which are formulated in a more bipartisan fashion.

“We are going to continue to fight funding for this immoral wall and will look to the Senate to reject this proposal and instead focus on finding ways to improve our nation’s immigration system through real, comprehensive reform,” Murguía concluded.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259