Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

But statistics show that irregular immigration has been on the decline for decades and most illegal drugs enter the United States through official ports of entry.

"Under no plausible assessment of the evidence is there a national emergency today that entitles the president to tap into funds appropriated for other purposes to build a wall at the southern border", the statement says, according to the Washington Post.

Alabama could lose nearly $7 million under President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall at the U.S./Mexico border.

The 11-page statement comes a day ahead of a congressional vote to block the declaration - one Mr Trump has promised to veto.

The statement, which was reviewed by the Associated Press news agency, has 58 signatures from prominent former officials, including former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and John Kerry, former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta and former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The group contends that the president acted in total disregard for the constitutional power given to Congress for federal appropriations when he declared a national emergency to secure funds for a border wall.

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"I want to make sure that the resolution of disapproval is exactly what I think it is, because if it is as I understand it to be, I will likely be supporting the resolution to disapprove of the action", Murkowski reportedly said Friday. "Be strong and smart, don't fall into the Democrats "trap" of Open Borders and Crime!" he wrote.

On February 15, the President declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funding to build a wall on part of the U.S. southern border.

In the letter, the former lawmakers asks current Republicans to pass a joint resolution to officially terminate Trump's national emergency, writing that while they are no longer serving in Congress, "that oath still burns within us".

Even if it passes, Trump has said he would veto it, and Congress would need to muster two-thirds of lawmakers to override a veto.

The letter, signed by former intelligence chiefs, senior government officials and Cabinet secretaries, among others, uses forceful wording to clearly define the boundaries of the president's executive powers in this situation.

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