Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement in response to the President's declaration of a National Emergency to construct his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The President's decision to declare a national emergency at the border is an abuse of power and an affront to our Constitution. There is no emergency, this is a manufactured crisis through his campaign of xenophobia and bigotry. There is a real need for humanitarian aid at the border and the decision to build an ineffective wall will only punish those that need help," said Cisneros.
"This declaration could take billions of dollars of disaster-relief aid from families looking to rebuild in California and Puerto Rico, endanger both military construction projects and our military readiness, and prevent infrastructure projects from moving forward across the country. That is why I have joined my colleagues on Congressman Castro's joint resolution of disapproval against the national emergency declaration. I fully support this bill, in accordance with the process described in the National Emergencies Act, to hold the President accountable and terminate his emergency declaration.
"The wall is a 12th century solution to a 21st century problem, when it comes to border security. We must take action towards comprehensive immigration reform that will keep families together, protect DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status, and streamline the process towards citizenship."
Rep. Cisneros has been an advocate for undocumented immigrants, DREAMers, and TPS holders in Congress and personally through his charitable foundation. He is a cosponsor of Congressman Castro's resolution of disapproval toward the national emergency declaration. He also signed a letter requesting HASC Chairman Adam Smith to work to prevent the military from being used to further the President's "immoral and wasteful wall" and is a cosponsor of H.R. 1137, which would prevent the Administration from diverting disaster-recovery funds from Army Corps civil works projects to build a border wall.