[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
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BORDER WALL FUNDING IN MINIBUS PACKAGE
(Mr. SOTO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SOTO. Mr. Speaker, recall President Trump's promise on the
campaign trail: we will build a wall and have Mexico pay for it.
Not only is it costly and unnecessary, but it will do more to divide
America than it will to keep us safe. First, taking the fact that
Mexico is not paying for it, nor would anybody in their right mind
think that Mexico was ever going to pay for it, now he is asking for
$1.6 billion of Americans' hardworking taxpayers to pay for it.
We already have 650 miles of border fencing, but representing the
Sunshine State, with over 1,000 miles of coastline, this isn't going to
make us safer. It is not going to help us at all. And then you look to
how there are racial undertones to this.
Notice how there is a focus on the Southern border, but not the
While I would not support that, we can't help but notice that this is
focused on dividing America on racial lines, on making us less safe and
on wasting taxpayer dollars.
It is time to unite America. It is time to look forward to a safer
America, and spend our money on the Coast Guard, on custom border
control, and other works that will make us safer.