January 25, 2017

Castro Statement on Immigration-Related Executive Orders

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the immigration-related executive orders President Donald Trump signed today: 

“The border wall is a lazy and ineffective security strategy. In fact, recent polls show that 59 percent of the American people disagree with building a wall along our nation’s southern border. The wall could cost up to $25 billion to construct – that’s American taxpayer money that could be used more effectively elsewhere, like in our schools or on crumbling roads. 
“President Trump’s actions represent a hostility toward Mexico, one of our oldest allies and trading partners. He is driving Mexico into China’s arms. I expect that whatever President Trump takes away from Mexico, China will step in to offer. I am concerned about the harmful effects these measures will have on San Antonio, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley, and other places in Texas that sell so many goods to Mexico. American jobs depend on that commerce. 
“These orders are bad for our economy, for our communities, and for our nation’s overall security strategy.”