Sen. Tom Carper introduced legislation to rescind President Donald Trump’s executive order to construct a border wall and ramp up deportations and detentions of undocumented immigrants.

“If President Trump is serious about securing the border and stemming the tide of migrants entering our country illegally, he should work with Congress and build upon the progress made over the past several years to improve security along our border,” Carper said. “Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to address the root causes of migration, on comprehensive immigration reform that’s fair and humane, and on smart and effective investments to our border security. But the first step is ensuring no hard-earned taxpayer dollars are robbed from other critical programs and wasted on an ineffective border wall.”

The executive order, signed Jan.25, mandates the immediate planning and construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, expands the 287(g) a program that allows state and local authorities to carry out federal immigration statutes, requires Customs and Border Protection to hire 5,000 additional agents and calls for increased removals and detentions of undocumented immigrants.

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