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Rep. Loudermilk: President’s Plan is Reasonable, Workable

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a plan to reopen the government and fund border security:

“We cannot continue to sacrifice the safety and security of the American people to protect the political ‘status quo’ in Washington, D.C. The president has outlined a reasonable and workable plan that has had bipartisan support in the past. It is time for Speaker Pelosi to put aside political rhetoric, return to Washington, and end the policy of just saying ‘no’ to negotiation.”

Summary of President Trump’s plan:

• $5.7 billion to fund a steel barrier system, including embedded investments in technology and roads, on our southern border in the priority areas cited by Border Patrol.
• Provisional status will be granted for three years for current DACA recipients, covering 700,000 illegal immigrants brought here by their parents at a young age.
• Provisional status will be granted to certain current TPS recipients for three years, providing 300,000 immigrants whose protected status is facing expiration more certainty as Congress works on a larger immigration deal.
• $805 million for technology, canines, and personnel to help stop the flow of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband.
• $800 million dollars in humanitarian assistance, medical support, and new temporary housing.
• $782 million to hire an additional 2,750 border agents, law enforcement officers, and staff.
• $563 million to support our immigration court system, including hiring 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the immigration court backlog of 800,000 cases.