Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson: ‘Democrats Remain Committed to Effective Border Security’

CNSNews.com Staff | January 28, 2019 | 2:04pm EST
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House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

(CNSNews.com) - House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D.-Miss.) said on Friday after President Donald Trump agreed to a re-open the government for three weeks while the White House and Democratic leadership negotiate over Trump’s proposed border wall that “Democrats remain committed to effective border security.”

“Finally, President Trump has come to his senses and has agreed to end his ridiculous shutdown,” Thompson said in a statement.

“The fact that he allowed our frontline workers at the Department of Homeland Security to be unpaid for over a month still defies comprehension,” he said.

“The damage his shutdown inflicted on the country will take months--if not years--to recover from,” Thompson said. “This is a permanent mark of shame for Trump and his Administration.

“To be clear, next month there will be no excuse for the president to go down this road again,” he said. “Democrats remain committed to effective border security but will only allow taxpayer money be spent on border security measures that will actually make a difference.”

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