Rep. José Serrano proposed at a Homeland Security markup on Tuesday that the United States should “build another Statue of Liberty” on the U.S.-Mexico border instead of President Trump’s signature border wall.
The Puerto Rican-born Serrano, who serves New York City’s South Bronx in Congress, used his floor time Tuesday to decry the president’s oft-repeated calls to build a border wall.
A down payment for funding the barrier was included Tuesday in the House Budget Committee’s spending proposal for 2018, LifeZette reported.
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“This country should never build a wall to keep people out,” Serrano said. “Should it deal with the immigration issue? Yes. But never, ever, ever build a wall. On the contrary, build another Statue of Liberty on the southern border. That’s our message to the world, that statue — not the wall.”
“And again, the wall would cost billions of dollars and be a waste of money,” Serrano continued. “It will divide us. It will divide our country, our rhetoric, our comments, and that’s what we will become.”
Ira Mehlman, the media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told LifeZette that Serrano’s “grandstanding” indicates that the congressman doesn’t understand the true nature of the Statue of Liberty’s symbolism.
“It seems to be a case of a bit of grandstanding here. But you know, I think the more important point is that he clearly — even though he represents an area that’s right near the Statue of Liberty — has no idea what the Statue of Liberty is all about,” Mehlman said.
Noting that the Statue of Liberty has “really nothing to do with immigration,” Mehlman pointed to its history. France offered it as a gift to the U.S. in 1886, and it now stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The French meant to honor the U.S. as “a nation that is governed by laws” that represents “liberty and enlightening the world,” Mehlman said.
Jose, you are a fool and an embarrassment to this country. May the people of this once great nation WAKE UP, pay attention and start voting accordingly.
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