Rep. Cuellar’s Statement on the Proposed 14 Miles Border Wall Construction in Webb County
Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), May 8, 2020
Laredo, TX-- Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) continues to fight against the Trump Administration's border wall after U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the construction of 14 miles of contiguous new border wall system within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector located in Webb County, Texas.
“The Trump Administration’s ineffective border wall hurts wildlife, their habitats, and, most importantly, my community. The people of Texas’ 28th Congressional District sent me to Washington D.C. to be a good steward of their taxpayer dollars and protect their rights, including the right to own private property. That’s why I voted against the border wall funding earlier this year.”
“Earlier this Spring, New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich and I led a bicameral letter with 66 other representatives as well as 25 senators to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Attorney General William Barr, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, urging them to halt ongoing wall construction at the southern border as the United States responds to COVID-19. To preserve the health and well-being of our medical personnel, law enforcement, and border communities, we must immediately stop the construction of this ineffective and wasteful border wall.”
“As the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to build a spending bill for 2021 that has strong border security, including additional personnel, equipment, new technology, and no funding for a wall. I am committed to ensure further historical and cultural landmarks in our community are protected from this wasteful border wall , such as Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and within 1 mile of historic sites along the Los Caminos del Río Heritage Corridor, and facilities like the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Laredo.”
To read Congressman Cuellar and Senator Heinrich’s letter, click here.
To read Congressman Cuellar’s legislation to stop border wall construction, click here.
To read Congressman Cuellar’s prohibitions on border wall funding, click here.