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Rep. Rose: ‘Less than 5%’ of $4.6B Funding Bill Will Help ‘Reduce the Plague of Illegal Immigration’

By Cody Leach | July 2, 2019 | 4:05pm EDT
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“Indeed, less than five percent of the funds that we approved will have a realistic impact on reducing the plague of illegal immigration that faces our country," said Representative John Rose (R-Tenn.) last Thursday after the House passed a bill providing $4.6 billion bill to address the crisis at the U.S. southwest border.

Rep. Rose used his allotted one-minute time addressing the House to tell his colleagues that the $4.6 billion funding package, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday, doesn't address "the real crux of the problem at our southern border":

“We should not confuse that the action that the House took today addresses the real crux of the problem at our southern border. Indeed, less than five percent of the funds that we approved will have a realistic impact on reducing the plague of illegal immigration that faces our country.”

Rose called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to support funding of border wall construction and "send a clear message around the world that this country intends to enforce its borders and enforce its immigration laws."

The Congressman's full remarks are presented below.

"Today the House joined the Senate in approving almost $4.6 billion in taxpayer money to address the growing security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border.

“We all share sympathy for the children and individuals who find themselves in suffering conditions at our southern border, but we should not confuse that the action that the House took today addresses the real crux of the problem at our southern border. Indeed, less than five percent of the funds that we approved will have a realistic impact on reducing the plague of illegal immigration that faces our country.

“I call upon my colleagues and I call upon the Speaker, upon our return after the Independence Day recess, to take up this issue and send a clear message around the world that this country intends to enforce its borders and enforce its immigration laws.

“And, I support and call upon the Speaker to allow us to provide the funding to build a wall at our southern border and support the President's efforts to control illegal immigration."

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