Lawmaker: Mississippi should give $1 million for U.S.-Mexico wall

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Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville

A state lawmaker wants Mississippi to pitch in and help build the wall between Mexico and the U.S. that Donald Trump proposed during his campaign.

Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 50, which urges lawmakers to donate $1 million to build “the great wall” along America’s southern border.

President Trump, during his White House run, advocated for building a wall to increase border security and said Mexico would pay for it. Last week, Trump signed an executive order directing the construction of a wall on the 2,000-mile border.

The text of Holland’s resolution states: “The political leadership of the State of Mississippi should make a donation to the great wall cause to ensure that such a wall is not merely a fence, but the greatest wall the world has ever seen.”

The resolution adds that the gift should be made “in evidence of the red state’s (Mississippi) support for the erection of the great wall” and that Mississippi should urge other states to follow suit.

Holland told reporters weeks ago that he planned to introduce such a measure, but the legislation just posted the Legislature’s website in the past day or two.

The resolution was referred to the House Rules Committee.

Holland is a self-described liberal and known prankster. In 2012, amid legislative debate over tougher state immigration laws, he filed legislation to change then name of waters off the Mississippi coast from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of America.