BREAKING: President Subverts Constitution and Jeopardizes U.S. Efforts to Stop Drug Trade
For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2019
BALTIMORE—The use of an emergency declaration to subvert congressional authority is a blatant violation of the constitutional separation of powers. This is what the President did moments ago in bypassing Congress to seize funding for a fifth-century border wall that is both unnecessary and ineffective.
“Diverting funds from programs that actually prevent drugs from coming into the United States to pay for a steel barrier around some of the safest areas of our country is incomprehensible,” said Krish Vignarajah, President and CEO of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service). “Americans, and those who seek safety here, will suffer because of this political ploy.”
This move is based on the President’s claims that our southern border is unsafe. This is simply not true. Reports show that 22 of the 23 counties on our southern border are safer than similar counties nationwide.
“The administration cannot afford to play games when lives are at stake,” continued Vignarajah. “We the people have elected Congress to uphold our nation’s laws and appropriate funding based on our American priorities and values. And they have done that by passing bi-partisan legislation to address border security. The President’s actions today upend the constitutional authority given to our elected officials.”
LIRS urges Congress to push back on the national emergency declaration and stand firm against the border wall.
Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is one of the largest immigration and refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, and only one of two agencies that helped reunite children with parents after family separations. LIRS is nationally recognized for its leadership working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through 80 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.