Padilla Statement on Senate Republican Immigration and Border Security Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety, released the following statement regarding Senate Republicans’ border security proposal:
“This draconian GOP proposal holds crucial funding for Ukraine hostage in exchange for cruel border and asylum policy changes. The proposal would eviscerate our asylum system, endangering families and children fleeing violence and persecution. It would require the caging of children. And it would force construction of an ineffective and damaging border wall.
“I welcome serious efforts to modernize our immigration system, but not as a condition on aid to support our ally fighting to defend its democracy against an authoritarian dictator like Putin.”