El Paso – From the Capitol’s Italian Renaissance Revival-style rotunda in Austin, to Houston’s cavernous and remarkable Astrodome, Texas’ architectural achievements are as big and bold as Texas itself. However, President Trump and his Republican allies are focused on building a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico, with The Hill reporting that the estimated $21.6 billion project is beginning development this week, in the city of El Paso, Texas.
Rather than appreciating El Paso’s historic Abdou Building, contractors are beginning to build a wall, in one of the United States’ safest cities, in an effort to solve a fabricated immigration crisis. Texas Young Democrats stands in strong opposition to the building of a border wall that is expensive, useless, and irresponsible. And Texas Young Democrats, along with a majority of Texans and Americans, knows that immigrants make our country stronger, smarter, and safer.
“What makes the Sun City great is, simply, our diversity. El Paso is the crossroads for hundreds of thousands of people who cross into and out of the United States every single day for work, for school, to see their families, and to find opportunity,” said Texas Young Democrats Deputy Communications Director, J.J. Martinez. “We treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of which side of the border we come from or live. We, like our nation, are a city of immigrants.”
“Trump’s border wall threatens that relationship. It undermines the long-established connections with law enforcement, locally and federally. El Paso is one of the safest cities in the world because our citizens respect each other and our differences; we embrace and celebrate various cultures coming together to thrive. We do not need this wall — no wall has ever stood for long.”
Texas Young Democrats calls on Texas’ elected officials at every level of government to strongly condemn and oppose policies – such as a border wall – that hurt immigrants and hurt our state. Only through working with all communities of Texas can our politicians make every city as prosperous and safe as El Paso.