Rep. Roybal-Allard issues response to President Trump’s speech

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Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s district encompasses a large swath of the Los Angeles area, including Downey, East Los Angeles, Commerce, Paramount, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cudahy, Huntington Park, as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Florence, Florence-Graham, Historic South Central and South Park. It is the most Latino congressional district in the U.S.  If you live in one of these area’s this is your representative.

Below is her statement.

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the Chair-designate of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement about the president’s speech this afternoon:

“Unfortunately, the president doesn’t understand that an honest negotiation can’t take place while he’s holding the government hostage.  He proudly claimed ownership of the shutdown, and now he owns the fact that the families of 800,000 federal workers are trying to make ends meet without a paycheck.  He owns the fact that our food is going uninspected.  He owns the fact that small business loans are going unapproved.  And he owns the fact that he has prolonged this suffering and damage to our nation because he thinks it gives him leverage for a deal to waste billions on his cruel and ineffective border wall.

“House Democrats have voted over and over again to end the shutdown and reopen the government without wasting billions on the president’s wall.  House Democrats will continue to do so next week.  I urge the president and Senate Republicans to join us in passing legislation to reopen the government without delay.  Once we do, members of both parties can work to reach agreement on true border security, on protecting our Dreamers and TPS recipients, and on reforming all broken elements of our immigration system.

“As original co-author of the Dream Act, I know it is critical that America offer real and permanent protections for our Dreamers.  Once the government is reopened, I look forward to President Trump’s support in helping those harmed by his administration’s attacks on DACA.”

Top photo of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Ca-12)
and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md-5), from Roybal-Allard’s Facebook page