Republican state lawmakers in West Virginia are proposing the state contribute directly toward President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern U.S. border with funds from state coffers, according to The Hill.
Dels. Caleb Hanna, Patrick Martin and Carl Martin said on Tuesday that West Virginia could offer $10 million of its nearly $200 million surplus to assist the president’s plans.
“West Virginians support our President and the wall,” Carl Martin said in the news release. “They’re sick of seeing Washington politicians sit on their hands while drugs and criminals pour over our border. It’s time for the states to stand up and do what they can to support our President in his fight to protect innocent Americans.”
Hanna compared the move to sending National Guard troops to the border or overseas:
"We, as a state, have resources available to help make America more secure, and I believe West Virginians would want those resources used to make us more safe.”
Not everyone is on board with the proposal, however, despite the lawmakers’ argument that Trump’s wall will help with the state’s drug problem, resulting in part from "drugs coming ... in from Mexico."
Mick Bates, the ranking Democrat on the House Finance Committee in the House of Delegates, criticized the GOP lawmakers' proposal, calling it "nonsense," according to West Virginia Public Radio.