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Democratic Lawmaker Wants Second Statue of Liberty on Mexican Border

Democratic Lawmaker Wants Second Statue of Liberty on Mexican Border

By Kathryn Blackhurst, Lifezette

Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.) called for Congress to “build another Statue of Liberty” on the U.S.-Mexico border, instead of President Donald Trump’s signature border wall, during a Homeland Security markup hearing Tuesday.

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.

“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.”

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