Reactions to the national emergency declared at the US- Mexico border

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Reactions supporting the declaration 


Lindsey Graham on Twitter

I stand firmly behind President Trump’s decision to use executive powers to build the wall-barriers we desperately need.

Reactions against the declaration 


– ” Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall. It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one. He couldn’t convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall, so now he’s trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement, (February 14, 2019)

– “What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab”

– U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas (February 22, 2019)

Legal cases

16 states have launched legal action against the use of national emergency powers, stating the use is “unconstitutional and unlawful.”


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