Response to President’s National Emergency Declaration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
San Bernardino, California, February 15th, 2019 - In response to President Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency, the Chicano Latino Caucus of San Bernardino County’s Executive Board would like to address the more important and very real emergencies facing our country rather than a manufactured border crisis and staged political theatre by the President of the United States.
The fact is that there is no national emergency at our southern border. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that illegal entry at our borders has decreased significantly and we are at a 46 year all time low in illegal crossings. Additionally, most of the illegal immigration occurring in the United States today is due to overstayed Visas not border crossings.
In fact, The Center for Migration Studies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data last year showing a drastic decline in border apprehensions since 1973. Major counties touching the southern border say they are safer then other counties in the country.
The President has overstepped his executive power and bypassed the legislative and judicial branches of government and we believe the overreach to be unlawful. The President does not seem to understand and fully grasp what separation of powers is.
To declare a national emergency there must be facts and tangible evidence of detriment the country as a whole or in part by the continued threat. The health and safety of citizens should be the foremost precursor in accessing such an emergency. None of these criteria is met in the case of this so-called “invasion” of our country and manufactured border crisis.
However, there are true national emergencies that the federal government has failed to address and has refused to take action on:
- 30 million Americans have no health insurance and many more are under-insured. 1 in 5 Americans cannot afford to fill their prescriptions, while the pharmaceutical companies profit billions a year.
- Seniors are living in desperate poverty and have no retirement savings.
- The youth cannot afford to go to college and over 40 million that go to college are dealing with outrageous student loan debt and cannot afford to raise a family.
- 40% of people cannot cover a $400+ emergency expense.
- There is an affordable housing crisis, people cannot afford to buy homes or pay high rents, leaving many families and individuals homeless.
- Public schools are underfunded and kids are not receiving high quality education because of lack of resources and teacher training.
- Separation of families at the border and inside the U.S. causing severe trauma in children who are being separated from their parents.
- Climate change, even with scientists warnings of catastrophic natural disasters due to climate change, the government has ignored the signs and refuses to take action.
- America has more wealth and income inequality than any other developed nation, and the gap between the 1%(the rich) and the 99% is wider than ever before since the 1920’s.
- And Puerto Rico (a United States territory) has yet to receive help in rebuilding after hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Therefore, we believe it is up to congress and the courts to defend those powers and respond to the abuse of power by the President. No one, not even the President of the United States is above the other branches of government or the Constitution. We urge Congress to take bold and swift action against this egregious act by the President of the United States of America, up to and including impeachment.
Chicano Latino Caucus of San Bernardino County