California lawmakers seeking to punish border wall contractors (video)

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Donald J. Trump won the presidency in part on his oft-stated promise to build “a big, beautiful wall” the entire length of the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Now, the city of Los Angeles wants to require contractors to reveal whether they have ever been involved with President Trump’s border wall construction.

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to move ahead with a proposal by Councilman Gil Cedillo requiring that any firm or contractor seeking to do business with the city must first disclose whether it has accepted any work — including building, design, or even sold materials — on “any proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States of America.”

Claiming that residents have a right to know whether companies are working on the controversial wall, the city’s lawmakers are apparently trying to make the border wall project so toxic that contractors won’t want to work on it.

“We want to know if there are people who do business with the city of Los Angeles … who wish to profit from building a wall that would divide us from our nearest and dearest neighbor Mexico,” said Cedillo.

Tim Murphy, board president of CALBX, called the move “absurd” and said it sets a dangerous precedent for discrimination against companies.

“They’re moving beyond the political theater and hyperbole that this issue generates,” Murphy told Fox & Friends. “They are creating, in fact, a political blacklist, threatening any company that would express an interest, not actually build, but express an interest in working on the border wall.”

State Sen. Ricardo Lara wants to expand the move, preventing all of California from doing business with companies involved in the border wall.

Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, are threatening a government shutdown over border wall funding when the government must negotiate a new federal budget in October.

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