Merkley Statement on Immigration Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed new executive orders on immigration policy:

“Trump’s border wall will waste our scarce resources: a 21-foot ladder defeats a 20-foot wall. There are smarter strategies for border security and for infrastructure investment. Let’s repair and expand our roads, bridges, jetties, transmission lines, rural broadband, and water infrastructure, to name just a few much better options.

“Moreover, Trump’s plan to turn local police into immigration agents promotes crime by destroying the community policing strategies essential for effective law enforcement. It’s a big mistake, and I stand with our cities determined not to make this mistake.”