Pennsylvania politicians react to Trump’s national border security address
Here’s a roundup of what officials in Pennsylvania had to say about President Trump’s border fence remarks:
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Peters
“I stand with President Trump in demanding a bipartisan funding package that secures the southern border to stem the tide of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and deadly drugs from entering our country,” Reschenthaler said. “This shutdown never should have happened. It is unfortunate that Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer, and congressional Democrats are more concerned with keeping an open border than an open government.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills
“President Trump repeated the same fear-mongering talking points and exaggerated, misleading half-truths that he’s pitched over and over again since the beginning of his campaign. Most Americans aren’t buying it,” Doyle said. “Everybody knows that our immigration system is broken and ought to be fixed — and I certainly support smart, effective improvements in our nation’s border security — but the shutdown should end now. Once we’ve got the government up and running again … we can work as long as it takes to find common ground on improving border security.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler
“To be very clear: there is nothing controversial about enhancing our security by building a border wall — there are currently 700 miles of border barrier already in place along our southern border. As a candidate, President Trump passionately campaigned on this issue and won,” Kelly said.
“As the president emphasized, the ongoing partial government shutdown is totally unnecessary and can be ended tomorrow.”
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton
“A concrete or steel wall is not border security. Instead of continuing his shutdown, President Trump should commit to signing the Republican bills passed by the Democratic House that would reopen the government and secure the border with over $1 billion in funding,” Casey said.
“Once the government is reopened, Congress should have a substantial debate on how to fix our broken system and begin work on legislation that mirrors the bipartisan 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill..”
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio
“While we want to encourage legal immigration to our great country, a comprehensive solution is needed to end the plethora of ills stemming from our porous southern border. Lawmakers cannot afford to do nothing on this issue at this critical juncture.” DiGiorgio said. “… Democrats have shown that they hate Donald Trump more than they love America.”
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .