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Letter

Henry Cuellar

From the office of:

Henry Cuellar

Sending Office: Honorable Henry Cuellar
Sent By:
Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov

Endorsing Organizations: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA),
Alianza Americas, United We Dream, Southern Border Communities Coalition

Senate Lead: Senator Martin Heinrich

Senate Co-Signers (13): Schumer, Warren, Harris, Booker,
Durbin, Gillibrand, Leahy, Markey, Carper, Blumenthal, Reed, Hirono, Udall,

House Co-signers (52): Ben Ray Luján, Joaquin Castro,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, Ayanna Pressley,
Barbara Lee, Bobby L. Rush, Nydia M. Velázquez, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jesús G. “Chuy” García,
Tony Cárdenas, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia R Garcia, Juan Vargas, David Cicilline, Veronica Escobar, J. Luis Correa,
Darren Soto, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Danny K. Davis, Judy Chu,
Vicente Gonzalez, Jackie Speier,
Steve Cohen, Rep. Panetta,
David E. Price, Earl Blumenauer, Jan Schakowsky, Ann Kirkpatrick, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Eliot L. Engel, Grace Meng, Adriano Espaillat, James P. McGovern, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr,
Jamie Raskin, Al Green, André Carson, Lori Trahan, Karen Bass,
Bonnie Watson Coleman, Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr, Cedric L. Richmond, Doris O. Matsui, Norma J. Torres, Albio Sires, Nanette Diaz Barragán, John B. Larson,
Rosa L. DeLauro, Betty McCollum, Mark Pocan,

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in urging Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Attorney General William Barr, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to stop ongoing wall construction at the southern border as our nation responds to COVID-19.

The construction of a wall puts workers, law enforcement personnel, and border residents in immediate danger. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has outlined social distancing and quarantine policies, which further wall construction openly defies. Those
who are tasked with building this wall are susceptible to not only contracting COVID-19, but also spreading the virus to others.

Continuation of wall construction only exacerbates the public health risks for those living at the southern border, detracting from our national efforts against fighting this virus. Furthermore, a wall at our southern border is a dubious answer to our immigration
problems- a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem. We need common sense immigration solutions and strong border security, not needless, unnecessary spending while putting communities at risk and jeopardizing the public health.

Please join us to champion border communities, law enforcement, public health,
and stop this needless wall at our southern border.

The full text of the letter is below. Please contact Travis Knight at
travis.knight@mail.house.gov
with questions or to sign on.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Rep. Henry Cuellar

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Dear Attorney General Barr, Secretary Esper, and Acting Secretary Wolf:

While our country fights to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing border wall construction places local communities at unnecessary risk. We request that during this crisis, all border wall construction halt
immediately.

Currently, the primary threat to America is the spread of COVID-19. This deadly virus has killed thousands of our fellow citizens, sparked a global pandemic, and tremendously slowed the United States economy. Money that should be invested in healthcare,
small businesses, and fighting the spread of COVID-19 is instead being used to build an ineffective and wasteful border wall that does not solve our immigration crisis or protect our homeland. We should be using all resources and funding to combat this virus
and protect Americans, instead of using critical funding and resources to continue the construction of a border wall.

The construction of a wall puts workers, law enforcement personnel, and border residents in immediate danger. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has outlined social distancing and quarantine policies, which further wall construction openly defies. Those
who are tasked with building this wall are susceptible to not only contracting COVID-19, but also spreading the virus to others. Continuation of construction only exacerbates the public health risks for those living at the southern border, detracting from
our national efforts against fighting this virus.

At this juncture, the priority of the United States must be to stop the spread of COVID-19. The continuation of wall construction compromises those efforts. For these reasons, we ask that you take any and all steps necessary to ensure that border communities
are protected from unnecessary risk of infection, during this pandemic, and utilize critical resources to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your consideration of my request. Should you, or your staff, have any questions please contact my Legislative Director, Travis Knight, at
travis.knight@mail.house.gov.

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