The U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, filed a bill that would fully fund President Trump’s border wall.
Trump’s central campaign pledge to the American voters was to build the wall along the southern border to hinder the flow of illegal immigrants – this proposal comes before the mid-term elections on November 6.
The bill would include about $5.5 billion in border wall funding available immediately and allocate $23.4 billion overall. About $16 billion of the total amount would pay for building physical barriers while the other remaining portion would cover technologies, operations, and other infrastructure costs. Trump recently asked Congress to approve $1.6 billion to bring the total funding for the wall to $25 billion.
Georgia’s First District Congressman Buddy Carter (R-Ga-01) has consistently been against forms of illegal immigration since campaigning for Congress in 2014. Carter recently announced he was a co-sponsor of the new legislation to First District constituents.
Congressman Carter released the following statement on Friday after cosponsoring legislation to build President Trump’s border wall and combat sanctuary cities, violent illegal aliens and gangs:
“I have been to the Southwest border and I have seen the threats we face firsthand. There is much more than just illegal aliens coming across our borders. It is critical to our national security that we secure our border while addressing the threats already in our country like dangerous sanctuary cities and violent gangs.
“This legislation works to combat these threats and accomplish our most important duty to provide for the common defense. I urge my colleagues to bring this bill to a vote as soon as possible to support the safety of our communities.”
The Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act fully funds the southern border wall. It also includes important provisions to make communities safer by stopping the flow of federal grant money to sanctuary cities, making alien gang, such as MS-13, membership grounds for deportation, and requiring ICE to address undocumented immigrants who are charged with a violent crime resulting in serious injury or death.
Carter faces Democratic candidate Lisa Ring in the general election who has said many times on the campaign trail and in interviews, she is against such plans of a border wall. Ring has differing views pertaining to immigration policy which can be found on her campaign website.