Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

Floor Speech

Date: June 21, 2018
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this Republican partisan bill.

Just a few days ago, I traveled to San Diego with several of our colleagues to see firsthand how current immigration policy is being enforced.

There were children separated from their parents and migrants seeking asylum.

Our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows that. And this administration is making a challenging situation worse.

Our immigration system needs to be dealt with. Why don't we try sitting down and working together on real bipartisan reform?

This is a partisan proposal that holds Dreamers and vulnerable children hostage and does nothing for California farmworkers.

What is worse, it builds a $25 billion wall that, by itself, does not provide comprehensive solutions for our border security, which we all believe in.

By the way, didn't the President promise that Mexico would pay for this wall?

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to do the right thing. Vote ``no.'' Let's get back to working on bipartisan reform, reform that provides us with the border security we need and fixes our immigration system and respects the dignity and the humanity of aspiring Americans.