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"This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned — and that is just wrong," Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement. "We will fight this dangerous move with everything we've got." Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, added, "President Trump's fantasy of sealing the border with a wall is driven by racial and ethnic bias that disgraces America's proud tradition of protecting vulnerable migrants."
Border security experts have long pointed out that a wall alone would not solve the problems of immigration and crime that Trump so often describes. Indeed, Trump's own director of DHS, the retired Gen. John Kelly, said as much in his Senate confirmation hearing.
"Wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a border wall Mexico will never pay for, and punishing cities that do not want their local police forces forced to serve as President Trump's deportation dragnet, does nothing to fix our immigration system or keep Americans safe," said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The criticism was not limited to Democrats. Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, a former clandestine CIA officer whose district includes some 800 miles of border territory, said the wall would accomplish little. "The facts have not changed," Hurd said in statement. "Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border."