SACRAMENTO, CA – Facing down President Trump’s proposal to waste billions of dollars on a divisive and unnecessary wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the California Senate today approved Senate Bill 30.
Senate Bill 30 will prevent the state of California from entering or renewing a contract with a company that accepts a federal contract related to President Trump’s border wall.
“Senate Bill 30 sends a clear message that we want our businesses to stand with us and support our core values. There is plenty of work to do in the state of California that is going to move us forward,” said Senator Ricardo Lara. “It is not enough to simply oppose the wall in theory. Rhetoric can only go so far. It is time for us to act and be courageous.”
President Trump is seeking $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall that threatens California’s relations with our number one trading partner. In 2015, the value of California’s exports to Mexico was over $26 billion, making up 17.4 percent of the state’s total exports.
Commerce, tourism, and foreign direct investment from Mexico support more than 200,000 jobs in California. Another wall will slow border crossing and delay cargo delivery, slow down business, and cost the region valuable jobs.
“President Trump’s wall will be a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle dragging down California’s economy, hurting our environment and separating our communities – without making us any safer,” said Senator Lara.
Senate Bill 30’s state contracting ban applies only to companies that work on the proposed wall, not to those that have worked on border fence projects in the past.
Senate Bill 30 will now move to the Assembly.