On Wednesday night, in one of his last speeches in Washington, Steve Pearce finally revealed he wants Trump’s border wall and he’s willing to shut down the government to get it. After claiming to oppose the wall, he’s now using the lame duck session to take the government hostage to appease Trump.
“Steve Pearce has decided to take the mask off for good this time. After a second humiliating defeat for statewide office, Steve Pearce doesn’t have to pretend to support real reforms for the immigration system anymore, because he’s all in for Trump’s border wall. He’ll even shut down the government,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “New Mexicans across the political spectrum know the only way to begin fixing the crisis at our border is a clear and moral immigration system. Steve Pearce is using every last minute in Washington to demand a wall instead.”
Pearce claimed he opposed the wall…
AP: “Pearce has cast his congressional votes in agreement with Trump about 85 percent of the time […] while publicly opposing the border wall”: A member of Congress’ hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus, Pearce has cast his congressional votes in agreement with Trump about 85 percent of the time — embracing the federal tax overhaul while publicly opposing the border wall. [Associated Press, 5/8/2018]
2005: Pearce Opposed Building a Security Fence along the US-Mexico Border. In 2005, Pearce voted against an amendment to a border security bill that would build border fencing at five strategic locations along our nation’s Southern border with Mexico. [Rep. Duncan Hunter, Press Release, 12/15/05] The motion passed 260-159. [HR4437, Vote #640, 12/15/05]
2007: Pearce Voted Against Border Fence. In 2007, Pearce voted against an amendment to the fiscal year 2008 Homeland Security appropriations bill to require funds in the bill for Customs and Border Protection fencing, infrastructure or technology to be used for a minimum of two layers of reinforced fencing and roads for a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. [Congressional Quarterly] The amendment was defeated 149-272. [HR 2638, Vote #486, 6/15/07]
Pearce: Bush and Obama Administrations Put Money into the Border Wall, But Shouldn’t Have. PEARCE: “We watched President Bush pour more money and more people [into the wall]. Obama did the same thing. And all the time we were saying, look; we all want a secure border, but this is not going to do it.” [NPR, 4/25/17]
Santa Fe New Mexican: Pearce is One of Three Republicans in Congress Who Represent Border Districts Who Have Voiced Concern Over Trump’s Border Wall. “Pearce is one of three Republicans in Congress who represent districts along the border who have voiced concerns over Trump’s plan to build a wall, including one who is outright opposed.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/10/17]
But now he says he supports it.
Amendment: “[T]he Secretary of Homeland Security shall construct physical barriers, including secondary barriers in locations where there is already a fence, along the international land border between the United States and Mexico” [Proposed Freedom Caucus amendment to H.Res 1183, Rep. Jim Jordan]
Pearce: “I support the amendment.” PEARCE: “I’M HERE TONIGHT TO STAND WITH MY FRIENDS IN THE FREEDOM CAUCUS TO SAY TO THE SPEAKER, TO SAY TO THE LEADS THAT ARE WE SIMPLY NEED TO TAKE THIS QUESTION UP. WE HAVE THE AMENDMENT. IT’S FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD. VERY SIMPLE. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT THE QUESTION.” [House Floor, 12/19/18]