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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Speaks on House Floor in Opposition to Border Wall Funding

July 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), whose district is anchored in McAllen on the U.S.-Mexico Border, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in opposition to spending $1.6 billion of taxpayer money to construct a wall along the southern border.

Congressman Gonzalez ardently opposes the construction of a border wall and has called on his colleagues to reject this wasteful and ineffective exercise and devise a more thoughtful, productive, and innovative plan to enhance border security and re-allocate these funds to support federal programs that benefit the American people.  

Watch his remarks below:

Congressman Gonzalez Speaking on the House Floor

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak out against the wasteful spending of 1.6 billion dollars of taxpayer money.

These funds will be used to construct unnecessary barriers along our southern border -  destroying wildlife habitats and violating private property rights of Americans.

  If we want more security, we should appropriate more funding to address CBP’s staffing issue; to maintain and upgrade aerostats and other technology; and to provide CBP with the resources it actually needs to continue maintaining a safe and secure border.  

Building a wall along our southern border will put us on the wrong side of history.

It will also be a shameful act in front of the international community that is watching us.

Mr. Speaker, I support the Department of Homeland Securities’ mission to “safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values,” but the Congressional misallocation of over one and a half billion dollars does not help to accomplish this goal.

I urge my colleagues to oppose funding for this expensive, unnecessary wall, and I call on them to find more productive and effective uses for these funds in a way that better helps the American people, and be on the right side of American history.

I yield back the balance of my time.”