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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.” 

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Rep. Katie Hill: Border wall "off the table"
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Rep. Katie Hill: Border wall "off the table"
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During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Katie Hill said that she was against funding for a border wall and that the topic was "off the table."
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Mai Nguyen Do

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.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. David Barlavi Posted on January 15, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Good news. We should not even entertain funding a single inch of diaper man’s racist wall.

  2. SAL MELE Posted on January 16, 2019 at 2:58 am

    The current migration at our southern border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? In any event, they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. Notice how many of the migrants have made the long journey to our country pregnant? Why? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not only pay for the birth of you’re child but will also give you state government assistance.

    Democrats have voted for border security in the past.many times They’re opposed to President Trump, thus the wall. So once again Democrats prioritize liberal politics over the safety of the American citizens. To Democrats U.S. citizens are acceptable collateral damage Democrat politicians and their voters put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens as in the cases of Mollie Tibbetts, Kate Steinly and now, Police Cpl. Ronil Singh RIP.

    To Democrats/ Socialists/ Progressives (they’re all the same except in name) programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Temporary Protective Status, (TPS.) are permanent programs; like Chuck Schumers (DNY) visa lottery program.There is nothing “temporary” or “deferred” about these programs. They are designed to get people into the country, (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here using the charge of racism to anyone opposed. Just debating DACA in congress has / is costing taxpayers millions of dollars….. thank the parents and Barrack Obama/

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual education.

    *Taxpayers are funding “in state college tuition” discounts for illegal aliens. Since 2001, 18 states CA, CO, CT, FL, Illinois, KS, MD, MN, NE, NJ, NM, NY, Oklahoma, Oregon, TX, UT, WA, and Wisconsin—have passed legislation for in-state tuition rates to illegal alien students. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and more than 90 percent of those are in the United States This does not include local jails and State Prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math. (NYT)

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system. I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process illegal aliens in the criminal justice system.

    * Emergency services for city & states increase with illegal immigration (sanctuary cities). Taxpayers are on the hook for Police, Fire, Paramedic services. Every illegal alien child birth in the United States, baby doctor, dental services & emergency room treatments are all paid with tax dollars.

    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches.

    https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers?fbclid=IwAR12V4b8pNyraqMLr7uTy2Gix7WlEyDXDcp3W9x0SkA2jOpNKKviNm-P7fU

    http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
    http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

  3. Corpus Posted on January 18, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Um she said otherwise. Can never get a truthful word out of this one. https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/12/katie-hill-border-barrier-funding/

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