Freedom for Immigrants' Statement on President Trump's Plan To Declare A National Emergency

The president’s audacity to plan to declare a national emergency just to get his border wall is a reckless use of executive power. The only true national emergency along the border and in the interior of the country involves the rampant human rights violations at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). And now, Democrats have given these agencies a pass by supporting an increase in ICE detention capacity with no limitations on interior enforcement, as well as increasing surveillance technology along the border, not to mention nearly $1.4 billion to construct more border barriers. As a result of these concessions, Democrats are condoning and complicit in the Trump administration’s brutal policies.