San Diego City Council adopts resolution to oppose Trump's border wall

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 20:34:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - City Council leaders voted 5-3 to oppose President Donald Trump's executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The resolution, introduced by Concilmember Georgette Gomez, joins several other cities and states who have also stated their opposition.

"The border wall is a huge mistake for our region economically and environmentally. I am happy the City Council voted to pass my resolution. Our tax dollars should be spent uplifting the quality of life for all San Diegans, and tackling our issues on road infrastructure, housing, and homelessness," Gomez said following the vote. "Building a wall will do nothing for our families and communities but place a hateful divide between two of the largest cities in Mexico and the United States."

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The resolution allows the San Diego City Attorney, Independent Budget Analyst, and staff to put together a disclosure program for city contractors.

Councilmember David Alvarez called the border wall "a stupid idea" and a waste of money in a series of Twitter posts following the vote.

In July, Gomez said the effects of border crossing delays, which could grow with a wall, could cost the region $7.2 billion and more than 62,000 jobs in the U.S. and Mexico.

"With the construction of the wall, and the two percent tax increase to remittance transactions, San Diego families, communities, and our local economy are unjustly hurt," Gomez said in July.