Langevin Rejects Trump’s Flawed Border Plan

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Homeland Security and Armed Services Committees, issued the following statement after President Trump’s address to the nation regarding border security:  

“Tonight, the President opted to double-down on his divisive partisan rhetoric and used his first prime-time address from the Oval Office to keep pushing for his ineffective and unnecessary border wall.

“The President’s remarks do not bring us any closer to ending the shutdown, which is currently the second-longest on record and is causing increasing hardship for millions of Americans. On the first day of the new Congress, Democrats voted to reopen the government and restore funding to the Department of Homeland Security, the very agency charged with protecting our borders. Yet, rather than pay our Border Patrol Agents while negotiations continue, the President insists on keeping the government closed.

“We all want stronger border security, and this is a challenge our nation must address together. Solutions, however, should be grounded in reality, not be the result of political posturing. Tonight, the President has only pledged that this painful government shutdown will continue even longer.”