‘Obstruction or construction’: ALGOP calls on Doug Jones to support border security funding
In a statement responding to President Donald Trump’s Oval Office speech on border security Tuesday night, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan called on Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) to choose between “obstruction or construction.”
“The Alabama Republican Party fully supports President Trump and our U.S. Republican congressional delegation in their efforts to keep our borders secure,” Lathan said.
“Our president gave a firm and factual account of the current crisis at our southern border,” Lathan outlined. “Our lack of strong border security has resulted in criminal gangs, drug smugglers and human traffickers pouring into our country and causing unimaginable pain and suffering for many. This is NOT a manufactured crisis. President Trump has a clear purpose- control our borders and ensure our immigration laws are properly followed so Americans can remain safe.”
Lathan also commented on the response to Trump’s speech by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“Unfortunately, the Democrat response comes as no surprise-obstruct this president for political points or else. The Democrats are on the record calling for border security in the past. Why are they now completely reversing their stance? This is nothing more than a desire to stop President Trump,” Lathan advised.
She added, “We call upon Senator Doug Jones to stand with Alabamians first to tighten and secure our nation’s borders. It is time to choose: obstruction or construction.”
This came after Jones said in an appearance on CNN Sunday that he is “not going to give wall money just to give wall money.”
Jones also asserted that reopening the government is more important to the people of Alabama than border security.
The ALGOP chair concluded her statement with words of appreciation for the brave men and women who safeguard the nation’s security every day.
“We are truly grateful for our border control agents and law enforcement officers for doing their best to protect our nation. We stand with them,” Lathan said.
You can read the reactions of Alabama elected officials to Trump’s speech here.
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn