Protesters outside Toomey's office urge Congress to vote against proposed border wall budget

Antionette Lee
December 13, 2018 - 2:06 pm
Immigrant advocacy group Make the Road Pennsylvania gathered in front of Sen. Pat Toomey's office Wednesday night to make their voices heard on the president's proposed border wall.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As time winds down and the fight continues over government funding, a local organization gathered in front of Sen. Pat Toomey's office Wednesday night to make their voices heard on the president's proposed border wall. 

"The administration is also trying to get a budget approved for his wall, and it's unacceptable to keep vilifying our immigrant communities," said Katia Perez, a member of the immigrant advocacy group Make the Road Pennsylvania. "We're here to protest and demand that Congress vote against it." 

A small group weathered the cold to take a stand on immigration issues ahead of the looming deadline for a federal budget. Perez said they were a part of a larger day of action taking place around the country. 

"We're out here outside Pat Toomey's office trying to make sure that also Republican senators do what their constituents are asking that represents us," she said, "not just what the Trump administration asks them to do."

As the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who escaped the civil war, Perez said she's angry with the administration's treatment of other immigrants seeking refuge. 

"The militarization of American borders needs to end. All we're doing here is building and making this country a better place, and it's time for them to build with us and not try to destroy us."

A statement from the senator's office read, "Sen. Toomey believes that we need to enhance security at our southern border. While he does not think building a 2,000-mile continuous wall is practical, he does support the increased use of physical barriers, surveillance technology, and border patrol agents to secure our border."

The government has until Dec. 21 to make an agreement on the proposed budget in order to prevent a shutdown.