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Carbajal calls out Trump for 'manufactured' immigration crisis on eve of televised address


As the nation waited to hear a Jan. 8 televised address from President Donald Trump on the issue of immigration, Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) pushed back against the administration's rhetoric, accusing the president of creating a crisis in order to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.'s southern border.

"The president's actions have done everything to create a self-imposed crisis, in essence a fake crisis," Carbajal told the Sun. "He's doing everything he can to fabricate this." 

Carbajal's comments came after he and a group of other Democratic lawmakers returned from touring immigration detention facilities in New Mexico. The delegation's visit came in the wake of revelations that two children detained while seeking asylum in the U.S. died while in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol custody. Carbajal characterized the operations he saw at the facilities as "haphazard," stating that the facilities' infrastructure was inadequate and lacked food, showers, water, and until very recently, appropriate medical services.

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) (fifth from left) challenged President Trump’s calls for a wall along the southern border after a recent visit with other lawmakers to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities in New Mexico.

"Once, the U.S. was known as having a gold standard when it came to how we treated immigrants, but now we've lost that moral high ground," said Carbajal, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child with his parents.

Trump spent the last several weeks attempting to make its case that there is a crisis of illegal immigration on the southern border, and sell the public on his campaign promise to erect a wall along the border. The wall has become a major sticking point for Trump and his administration in connection with the ongoing federal government shutdown. In a Jan. 4 letter to lawmakers, Trump characterized the border as "a very dangerous place."

"Walls work," Trump wrote. "That's why rich, powerful, and successful people build them around their homes. All Americans deserve the same protection."

But Carbajal noted that unauthorized border crossings have declined by 80 percent since 2000, and said that border patrol agents he spoke with on his recent visit weren't calling for a wall.

"They told me what they needed was more boots on the ground and technology, not a wall," Carbajal said.

Carbajal characterized the president's repeated claims of a crisis at the border as evidence of Trump's lack of knowledge about the issue and willingness to mislead the American people in order to drum up support for his border wall.

"All of this is to try and sell his political campaign promise of the wall," he said. "He fabricated this crisis to sell the American people on the ineffective waste of taxpayer dollars that is his wall." 

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