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Rep. Grijalva Statement on Trump Border Tweets

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Today, President Trump called for the deployment of the U.S. Military to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to reports of a large group of migrants heading towards the U.S. border from Honduras. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

“Once again, President Trump’s ignorance on one of his so-called ‘signature issues’ is astounding. Deploying military to the border is costly, ineffective, and does nothing to strengthen border security. It only further militarizes border communities and reinforces a false perception of insecurity and lawlessness.

“Sending the military to the border did not work in April, and it will not work this time around. Instead of making grandiose political statements to appease his own instincts and narrow extremist elements, President Trump should work with Congress on modernizing our ports of entry and guarantee their operation at full capacity to better secure the border and humanely process asylum requests from vulnerable individuals.”

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