Thursday, January 24, 2019

Call Your Senators - Vote YES for the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act

URGENT Alert from Heritage Action


President Trump has bundled five issues together into a compromise package in negotiation with democrats to secure the border and reopen the government. Democrats have rejected the proposal, which is both expected and bewildering.

It's expected because Democrats have been bitterly partisan during the entirety of the Trump Presidency; and it's bewildering because all five issues on the table are issues which Democrats have overwhelmingly supported in the past.

Today, the Senate will vote on the compromise proposal and Democrats are largely expected to vote "no." But here is how they have voted on each of the five components in the past:

Border Wall—In 2013, 52 Democrats voted for the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act which mandated 700 miles of fencing along the southern border.

DACA—In 2018, 46 Democrats voted for the McCain-Coons Uniting and Securing America (U.S.A.) Act which provided a permanent legal status to "dreamers."

TPS—In 2017, 23 Democrats introduced the SECURE Act, in which qualifying aliens with "TPS" status may apply to be lawful permanent residents.

Disaster Relief—In 2018, 44 Democrats voted for an appropriation bill that provided $7.4 billion in emergency funding for FEMA's disaster relief fund.

VAWA—In 2013, all 53 Democrats voted for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which expanded the 1994 bill to include more provisions for migrant women.

The bill, End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act, not only will take a first major step to secure the border, it includes policy Democrats have supported before. But, out of bitter partisanship, they are rejecting it.

And in case you still aren't convinced that's the case, let me just leave you with a sampling of Democrat quotes about immigration and the border wall that predate President Trump's request for $5.7 billion in funding:

"Let me elaborate...illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now, and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration." - Sen. Minority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) in 2009

"I look at border security as technology, manpower, wall, fencing however you want to put it." - Sen. Tester (Mont.) 2018

"I'm deeply opposed to illegal immigration and I call on the federal government, the President, and the immigration services to stop the inflood of illegal immigrants into this country." - Sen. Kaine (Va.) in 2005

"We need to repair the wall. We'll need to build more wall. We need to do whatever we can to secure the border." - Sen. Manchin (W.V.) 2018

"The people who should be here are those who come legally at this time and for the time being we have to enforce our borders." - Sen. Feinstein (Calif.) in 1993

Call Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner today and tell them to stop playing partisan games with our country's security. Enough is enough.
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