U.S. Rep. Pocan: Slams Walker for welcoming Trump’s ‘aggressive actions’ on border security

Contact: Ron Boehmer 202-225-2906

MADISON, WI  U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today responded to Governor Scott Walker’s letter outlining his support for ‘President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions to secure America’s southern border.’ Walker’s letter comes three days after Pocan called on Walker to refuse to send any National Guard members from Wisconsin as part of President Trump’s plan.

“Governor Walker, let me be clear: arrests at the southern border of the U.S. are at a historic low. However, both you and President Trump are refusing to accept the facts and are instead twisting the narrative for political purposes to rally the Republican base. President Trump is resorting to desperate, last ditch efforts to shore up his political support after he couldn’t get Congress to fully fund his border wall request, much in the same way you sold out Wisconsin to Foxconn for nearly $4.5 billion after failing to fulfill your 2010 pledge to create 250,000 jobs in one, four year term. Failure seems to attract failure.

“President Trump is not sending troops to the southern border to stop the flow of drugs from Mexico. It is clear that his goal is to apprehend migrants, many of whom are children fleeing violence in their home countries. Sending members of the Wisconsin National Guard to militarize the border against unarmed men, women, and children is absurd. Further, you will cause undue harm to the families of Wisconsin National Guard members as your actions are only being done for political purposes.

“First, most drugs are not smuggled across the border by migrants that National Guard troops could apprehend. Second, if you truly wanted to solve Wisconsin’s opioid crisis, you should sign Wisconsin onto lawsuits like those that other states are leading against the nation’s top opioid manufacturers. Governor Walker, your support of President Trump’s plan for border security is wrong for Wisconsin and you should reverse course on this decision immediately.”

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