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Ignoring the Borders of Our Constitution: Doggett on Resolution to Block Trump’s Emergency

February 26, 2019

***Press Release***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26, 2019

Contact: Kate Stotesbery

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Ignoring the Borders of Our Constitution: Doggett on Resolution to Block Trump’s Emergency

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Doggett urged passage of the resolution, of which he is a sponsor, to block President Trump’s emergency powers declaration. He took to the floor as President Trump attempts to use to divert money from security needs and into construction of his wall.

The serious border emergency that America is confronted with today is an emergency that Donald Trump has created by ignoring borders—ignoring the borders set forth in our Constitution. Borders that were set forth to prevent an all-powerful executive, a would-be king, or the type of tyrant that Trump so admires abroad,” said Congressman Doggett. He continued, “After Congress repeatedly rejected his phony border crisis and wasteful wall, Trump decided, ‘build it anyway.’”

You can watch his speech below or here. Excerpts at bottom.

“The serious border emergency that America is confronted with today is an emergency that Donald Trump has created by ignoring borders—ignoring the borders set forth in our Constitution. Borders that were set forth to prevent an all-powerful executive, a would-be king, or the type of tyrant that Trump so admires abroad. After Congress repeatedly rejected his phony border crisis and wasteful wall, Trump decided, ‘build it anyway.’

Today's emergency would not have happened without two years of Republicans who continued to yield the right of way to his creeping wrongdoing, more and more of it. Republicans who can just never summon the ability to say ‘no’ to Trump.

Today, we must reject this unconstitutional power grab that diverts resources from real threats to an imaginary, politically-contrived one. Today, we defend our Constitution and democracy by pushing back on the lies, the deceit, the anti-immigrant hysteria, and the fear mongering mismanagement of this administration.”

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