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Vote Alert: Overturn President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration on the border

This was a vote to terminate the national emergency declaration issued by President Donald Trump declaring a state of emergency at the southern border and reprogramming $2.6 billion of Department of Defense funding to construct a border wall.

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was created by Congress to authorize the president to invoke emergency powers delegated by the legislature to the president during a time of national crisis. The president’s emergency powers are not unlimited, and under the statute, Congress can terminate an emergency declaration with a joint resolution signed into law.

The problems associated with an open border constitute a national crisis. As Hans von Spakovsky wrote for the Heritage Foundation:

The number of apprehensions at the border is down from a peak of more than 1 million annually throughout most of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, but it's rising again. 2018 saw the largest number of apprehensions at the border since 2012 — almost 467,000, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the most recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. That included 54,000 unaccompanied children and 163,000 family members — three times as many as in 2017.

The sex traffickers are the modern equivalent of the horrible sea captains of the past who kidnapped Africans and brought them to the U.S. under brutal, murderous conditions that we can't even imagine today. Doctors Without Borders estimates that one of every three women caught in these smuggling rings are sexually assaulted before many are forced into prostitution and slavery here.

The same Mexican cartels that DHS spokesperson Katie Waldman says earn $2.5 billion annually from human smuggling are also responsible for an epidemic of drug abuse and overdoses in our country. They are bringing methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl across the border, according to DHS.

In this matter, the president acted while Congress has abdicated its duty to secure the border and protect America’s national sovereignty and security. The National Emergencies Act has previously been used over 50 times without controversy. Trump used the legal, statutory powers delegated to him by Congress. Congress’ determination to undo the president’s executive action without a plan to secure the border demonstrates there is a bipartisan commitment to ignoring the epidemic of drugs, human trafficking, and migration of unaccompanied children for the sake of open borders.

The House of Representatives voted to pass the resolution overturning President Trump’s national emergency declaration on February 26, 2019, at 6:32 PM ET in a roll call vote of 245 – 182.

The U.S. Senate voted to pass the voted to pass the resolution on March 14, 2019, at 2:24 PM ET in a roll call vote of 59 – 41.

CR Position: NO

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