In eight steps, the joint declaration refutes the factual basis for the President’s emergency declaration, relying, in detail, on “evidence in the public record, including the administration’s own data and estimates,” to show that:
- Illegal border crossings are at near forty-year lows;
- There is no documented terrorist or national security emergency at the southern border;
- There is no emergency related to violent crime at the southern border;
- There is no human or drug trafficking emergency that can be addressed by a wall at the southern border;
- This proclamation will only exacerbate the humanitarian concerns that do exist at the southern border;
- Redirecting funds for the claimed “national emergency” will undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy interests;
- There is no basis for circumventing the appropriations process with a declaration of a national emergency at the southern border; and
- The situation at the border does not require the use of the armed forces, and a wall is unnecessary to support the use of the armed forces."
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