Rep. Katie Hill: Border wall “off the table”Mai Nguyen Do January 15, 2019 3 Comments
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) said that she was against funding for a border wall, clarifying comments she made previously regarding her support for border security.
Hill joined several other freshman representatives, including Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Lafayette) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minneapolis) in calling for an end to the government shutdown.
“The dysfunction that’s been ruling Washington has to change,” Hill said during the press conference. “We’re ready to negotiate, we’re ready to make a deal, but we have to get people paid, we have to make sure that essential services are working again.”
When pressed on her previous comments on border security, Hill clarified her position. “The border wall is off the table,” Hill said.
Earlier this month, Hill said in an interview with CNN that she was open to voting for funding for some physical barriers along the southern border of the United States. “I am definitely someone who will vote for a comprehensive border security package that includes immigration reform,” Hill said during the interview on Jan. 11. “I will vote for some money for physical barriers.”
“We’re not negotiating while we’re holding workers hostage,” Kassie King, Hill’s Communications Director, said. “We’re not setting that precedent. Shutting the government cannot be the way that we create solutions.”
The government has been without funding since Dec. 22, 2018. Since being sworn in, Hill has been vocal about prioritizing reopening the government; her first town hall event was focused on the government shutdown.
“I don’t think that this is saying that we’re picking one side or the other on how we should deal border security,” Hill said previously in an interview with the Proclaimer. “This is saying that we should reopen the government and then we can have that discussion.”
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.