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Rep. Chu Votes to Terminate Trump’s National Emergency

February 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 46, a resolution that terminates President Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the Southern Border. The President declared the emergency on February 15, after two years of inaction on a border wall by a Republican Congress and after Congress explicitly rejected Trump’s demand for wall funding. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the resolution and issued the following statement:

“My vote today to terminate President Trump’s fake emergency declaration was a vote against executive overreach, against lies, and against xenophobia. Last fall, President Trump made his case for a wall to the voters, raising alarm over a caravan of refugees and even politicizing the military by deploying them to the border, and voters responded by electing a Democratic House expressly opposed to the racist border wall. By declaring a national emergency in order to get what he could not through Congress, Trump is negating the will of the people and intentionally circumventing Article I of the Constitution which gives Congress the sole authority to appropriate funds.

“Not only is Trump undermining our democracy, but he is relying on false and racist justifications to do so, like the unsubstantiated claim that 10 terrorists a day are caught trying to cross the border. There is no emergency at the border and Trump’s own national security experts have confirmed as much. Border crossings are actually at a low point, which exposes the obvious farce of this emergency. And we know that immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes, despite Trump’s commitment to spreading fear of immigrants as dangerous criminals – a hallmark of his rhetoric since the first day of his campaign.

“From the Muslim Ban to separating families to his attacks on legal immigrants, Trump has been pushing a nativist war on immigrants and minorities. We cannot allow him to ignore the Constitution just because he didn’t get what he wanted.”