ALG warns President Trump not to reopen government without wall funding

Jan. 16, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a letter from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) urging President Donald Trump to sign a bill reopening the federal government without wall funding for three weeks to supposedly allow time for negotiations:

“It would be an extraordinary mistake to open the government without the funding of border security including the wall as part of that agreement.  The truth of the matter is that if the Democrats wanted to open the government, a deal could be hammered out in under 24 hours which included steel border barriers, more border patrol and ICE officers as well as an increase in immigration judges to help those seeking amnesty to receive a speedier decision, and humanitarian aid for those who have crossed the border illegally so that their detention pending disposition is safe, secure and meets their medical and other basic needs.  If Senator Coons wants to end the government shutdown, he and six of his Democratic colleagues should present the President with a proposal which includes funding steel barriers along with other security and humanitarian needs that could serve as a baseline for negotiation. Until then, the rest of it is just being cruel to those sidelined government workers whose paychecks remain unfunded.”

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