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California Mulls Blacklist for Border Wall Contractors

California Democratic lawmakers compared the building of border walls to segregation and internment camps.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) said that California is not interested in doing business with any company that works on President Trump’s proposed border walls, NPR reported.

“If you’re a business that wants to do work with Trump’s proposed wall, then quite frankly, California doesn’t want to do business with you,” Lara said. “What would we think of businesses that would work on an internment camp? What would we think of businesses that work on segregated schools?”

Lara introduced a bill in December 2016 that initially would have required voter approval for any federally-funded infrastructure project built along the California-Mexico Border. In April 2017, he amended the bill to prohibit the State from awarding contracts to any person who works on a federally-funded “wall, fence, or other barrier along California’s southern border,” Breitbart California reported.

Former California Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D), who’s now a lobbyist for California contractors, noted that California is on a dangerous path with this type of legislation.

“What we’re doing here is very dangerous in that we’re creating a slippery slope and hand-picking projects that are not politically favorable to the California Legislature,” Fuentes said. “If we have jobs or contracts that are out to bid for prisons, or for Planned Parenthood clinics — at what point do we stop hand-picking projects and put them in the crosshairs of these political conversations?”

Lara said that the wall would hurt California in several ways and called the wall “wasteful and unnecessary”.

“It’s clear that President Trump intends to stick taxpayers with the cost of a border wall that will hurt California’s economy, environment and people,” Lara said. “Another wall will delay cargo delivery, slow down business and take away valuable jobs.”

Democratic lawmakers celebrated the release of the GOP budget which included no funding for the proposed border wall. President Trump announced on Monday that he intended to sign the budget which does include $1.5 billion for border security.

While speaking at a ceremony honoring the Air Force Academy’s football team on Tuesday, President Trump hinted that the $1.5 billion included in the GOP budget will be enough for a down payment on the wall.

“We have more money now for the border than we’ve gotten in ten years. The Democrats didn’t tell you that. They forgot. In their notes, they forgot to tell you that. With enough money to make a down payment on the border wall,” Trump said, according to Politico.

Already, Democratic lawmakers are calling this a major win with Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saying it’s “a defeat for President Trump,” adding that the border wall is “immoral and unwise.”

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) capitalized on the budget by sending out fundraising emails using DNC chairman Tom Perez’s name as the sender, as Breitbart reported.

“Late last night, Democratic leaders reached a deal to stop a Republican-led government shutdown, and it’s a major victory for all of us who are resisting the Trump agenda,” the email stated. “And it only happened because you made sure Republicans knew there’d be hell to pay for backing Donald Trump’s agenda.”

Ryan Saavedra is a contributor for Breitbart Texas and can be found on Twitter at @RealSaavedra.

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