State Rep. Says No Border Wall on New Mexico Land

State Rep. Says No Border Wall on New Mexico Land

House Bill 292 Prohibits Use of State Land for the Construction of a Barrier with Mexico

Santa Fe, N.M. – Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) has introduced House Bill 292, which would prohibit the use of any State property for the construction of any barrier by the federal government along the border with Mexico. This bill is in direct response to President Trump’s plan to use taxpayer money to build a border wall that is estimated to cost up to $40 billion. President Trump has suggested paying for this wall by imposing a 20% tariff on all imports from Mexico. In our New Mexico alone we import an estimated $1.68 billion worth of goods annually from Mexico.

“This bill sends a message to the President that New Mexicans are not going to go along with his plans to build this divisive and expensive wall,” said Representative Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “This wall goes against our values as New Mexicans to stay open to those with whom we share economic and cultural ties. Our state will not participate in this economically devastating decision.”

If enacted, House Bill 292 would prohibit any property owned or held in trust by the state to be used, sold, leased or eased to the federal government for the construction of a new barrier. The bill does exclude barriers constructed to prevent the movement of livestock. Having been introduced on the House floor, HB 292 will be heard in the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee.