Kaptur Statement on President Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

February 14, 2019
Press Release
Kaptur Chairs Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing Army Corps of Engineers

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s border emergency declaration:

 

“I am deeply concerned by President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border as justification for building a wall. Let me be clear: the situation at the border is not a national emergency. Border crossings are down to one-fifth of what they were in 2000, apprehensions are at their lowest level in more than four decades, and many of those crossing the border are women and children who do not pose a threat to national security. A wall does not protect the most vulnerable points on the southern border, which are the ports of entry,” said Rep. Kaptur.

 

“Furthermore, declaring a national emergency will endanger the health and well-being of our communities and hurt the readiness and safety of our troops. We cannot allow the President to steal funds from the Army Corps of Engineers intended for urgently-needed civil works projects, including life-saving flood prevention projects across America and reconstruction efforts for the communities in Puerto Rico, Texas, USVI, and Florida that were devastated by recent hurricanes. We also cannot allow the President to pick the pockets of DOD, canceling high-priority military construction in communities at home and abroad, thereby eroding training, readiness, and quality of life for our troops.”

 

“Past national security emergencies have involved hurricanes, wildfires, hostage crises, epidemics and public health emergencies and terrorist attacks posing grave and immediate risk to American lives. The situation at the border clearly falls short.”

 

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