READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets ‘Notice How No One’s Asking the GOP How They’re Paying for’ $5.7 Billion in ‘Border Security’ Funding


The U.S. House of Representatives passed last-minute funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall Thursday night after a contentious fight between Trump and Congressional leaders that threatens to shut down the government.

Every House Democrat along with eight House Republicans voted against the measure.

The $5.7 billion “border security” bill is expected to fail in the Senate. It is widely expected that the federal government will shut down Friday at midnight.

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed the passage of the bill, frustratingly asking on Twitter why no one is questioning where the money for a wall is coming from and noting several smarter possible uses for those funds.

“And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “$5.7 billion. What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs? But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it.”

Ocasio-Cortez has a point. There is no evidence indicating that a border wall would translate into savings for American taxpayers. Trump often boasts that illegal immigration costs more than $100 billion – and even up to $275 billion – per year. These numbers – for which there is no corroborating evidence – are a figment of Trump’s imagination.

And yet, without any data supporting the president’s foggy figures, Republicans somehow managed to pony up the dough for a project the public does not even want, while our schools and roads crumble and millions are still in need of health care.

Where are our priorities as a country?

Trump campaigned for president with the promise of building a wall along the southern border and having Mexico pay for it.

At the time, few on the Republican side asked how it would be feasible.

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