Blumenauer Statement on Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

January 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on Donald Trump’s executive orders to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and other border “security” measures, and to target sanctuary cities:

“Donald Trump’s executive actions today are toothless and only serve to instill fear. A wall will not work. He’s putting the US taxpayers on the hook for something that is unrealistic, costly, and unnecessary. True leadership would be working on a bipartisan basis with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats tried – and continue to try – to make this happen. House Republicans, however, put the brakes on any momentum we had toward progress.

“As a result, communities across the country – including Portland – have stepped up to protect thousands of families who now call the United States home. They should not be punished because House Republicans failed to do their jobs.

“Additionally, it’s still unclear what Trump’s plans are for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I will continue to fight for this critical program and the DREAMers who put their faith in the U.S. government. We cannot turn our backs on them.”