"National Emergency" Undermines Our Security

Washington, D.C.—In response to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency that will use military funds to build a wall at the southern border, Veterans for American Ideals' Scott Cooper issued the following statement:

There is no national emergency at our southern border, only a political crisis in Washington. Keeping Americans safe is a priority, but politicizing the military budget to build a border wall doesn't enhance our national security—in fact, it could actively harm it.

The United States has the world’s most advanced and well-resourced law enforcement and homeland security agencies. We need to help them do their jobs as we offer protection to vulnerable men, women, and children who are fleeing persecution in search of safety and freedom.  

Instead of an unnecessarily declaring a national emergency, the president should work with Congress to address issues at our southern border.

For more information or to speak with Cooper, contact Christopher Plummer at PlummerC@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3310.