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Thompson Statement on President Trump Wanting to Send the Military to the Border

Apr 4, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump’s intention to deploy the military to the border:

“President Trump’s statements about deploying our military to the U.S.-Mexico border and downplaying the strength of our laws do little more than stoke anti-immigrant hate. I strongly question whether the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense weighed in on this proposed use of our military or whether, more likely, they were caught completely off guard. Those who seek asylum in the United States are not enemy combatants and Mexico is not an enemy to guard against. The President’s repeated inaccuracies and blatant lies about the southern border, our border security laws, and those seeking humanitarian assistance are deeply damaging and promote even more hateful rhetoric. It’s time for the President to stop.”

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