On Friday, February 15, the president declared a national state of emergency on the US-Mexico border.
So what can be done?
Congress has an important role to play here. They must hold the president accountable for this decision while also exercising their powers of oversight and the purse to ensure this outcome does not become the new normal. The Senate is voting today on the House-passed resolution to terminate the emergency declaration.
Send a message to your Senator now to urge them to vote in favor of this resolution!
What is the national emergency?
The president made this declaration in order to circumvent Congress and divert money from other agencies, including the Pentagon and the Treasury Department, to put toward construction of a border wall.
Congress has so far refused to fund such construction at the levels demanded by the administration. They have, however, just passed a spending deal that would increase funding for harmful border barriers and allow immigration enforcement to continue detaining a record high number of people.
Every day Columbans at the border see how migrants are abused as they arrive seeking safety and security, and how militarization endangers border communities themselves. We know that real problems deserve real solutions.
So what is the real emergency?
The humanitarian and moral crisis created by the policies of this administration, and a lack of real efforts to address the root causes of migration. Instead of focusing on real and immediate problems, the administration is relying on subversive discourse to disregard government institutions and the common good.
By declaring a national emergency, the administration is unnecessarily pulling funding from other programs to put toward a policy that has been proven time and again to be wasteful, unnecessary, and inhumane.