McCarthy calls attention to border crisis

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement this week regarding House Joint Resolution 46, which he characterized as an attempt to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the country’s southern border.

“House Democrats chose today to make a purely political statement against President Trump instead of taking seriously the national emergency at our country’s southern border. The president’s declaration — along with legislative action to appropriate funds for border security — will answer the call from experts and border security personnel on the ground to provide the resources needed to stop illegal entry into our country and the dangers associated with it,” said McCarthy.

“Through their resistance, Democrats are closing their eyes and turning their backs to human trafficking victims, victims of drug addiction and Angel Families who have lost loved ones.”

The Bakersfield-based Republican has also challenged Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for an apparent shift in position. He noted that Pelosi, Rep. Chuck Schumer and other key Democrats have historically given their support to a border wall.

He speculated that their opposition today relates to their unwillingness to work with the president.

He also pointed to the historical precedent that he said validates Trump’s declaration.

“Not only does the president have the legal authority to declare this national emergency under two federal statutes, the move is far from unprecedented.

“There are currently 31 national emergencies still in effect since the National Emergencies Act was enacted by Congress in 1976,” said McCarthy.

“House Republicans will continue to listen to the experts and the American people, who agree we need stronger border security. I invite House Democrats to join us in protecting the citizens of the United States.”

Story First Published: 2019-03-08