Luján, Lujan Grisham On Presidential Address

by Reporter / Jan 09, 2019 / 0 comments

Luján, Lujan Grisham On Presidential Address

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued statements this morning in separate press releases in response to the address to the nation by President Donald Trump Tuesday night, the 18th day of the government shutdown.

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  “Tonight, the President chose to stoke fear instead of restore certainty for the hundreds of thousands of families who do not know when their next paycheck will come. To govern based on the President’s tantrums is a disservice to the American people. We must have a debate about border security and addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by this administration’s reckless immigration policies. But first, I urge the President to work with Congress in a responsible way on one of the several options Democrats have put forward to open the government.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

SANTA FE — “The president’s wall is an outdated, ineffectual idea that should never, ever come to fruition, and meaningful border security investments should be on the table. But his predilection for throwing a tantrum in place of actually negotiating a solution should surprise no one at this point. His federal shutdown is needlessly harming our Native American communities, our families and thousands of hard-working federal professionals in this state and beyond.

“Two migrant children recently died in federal custody in this state. Two bright futures. Two families forever changed. The federal government must be proactive in caring for and recognizing the dire needs of the children and families who come to us from unimaginable hardship and through life-threatening conditions seeking a better future.

“I will be visiting our state’s southern border on Friday. In the meantime, I call on Congress to investigate the circumstances of these unconscionable deaths, and I call on the president to end his unnecessary shutdown immediately. The health and safety of vulnerable children is and will always be more important than the empty and offensive symbolism of a wall.”

 

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