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Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on California’s Refusal to Secure the Border
April 16, 2018
According to the Associated Press, California officials told federal authorities “they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs” to stop illegal entries “because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement.”
“It’s stunning that a state would embrace chaos on our southern border by refusing to stop illegal immigration. We’re a sovereign country and should know who comes and who leaves. With no system to stop illegal entries, it’s a dangerous free-for-all on the border.
“California has an obligation to participate in safety measures designed to enforce our laws and protect our citizens. If one state decides to ignore that responsibility, they will become the gateway for human trafficking, gang infiltration, and Central and South American narcotics networks.
“I voted to authorize $10 billion in funding for border security measures, and I hope work moves forward quickly.”
— Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.