Brooks Supports the President’s National Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) voted to support the President’s national emergency declaration that addresses the immigration crisis at our southern border. Brooks provided the following statement:
“Congress gave the President statutory authority to declare national emergencies. When Congress did so, they did not specifically define what can be designated as a ‘national emergency’ or not. The resolution the House passed today to end the President’s national emergency declaration undermines the statutory powers granted by Congress to the President to declare national emergencies.
“As I witnessed during my trip to the Texas border last year, we are seeing floods of families and unaccompanied children reaching our southern border in an attempt to illegally enter the Unites States. While this is a humanitarian crisis that must be handled with compassion, this ongoing problem is overwhelming our resources to adequately address thousands upon thousands of people, particularly of children, who are coming to our border.
“Strong borders must be in place in order to keep the American people safe and the situation at our southern border can no longer be ignored. There are already over 650 miles of barriers in place at the southern border. Apprehensions of people trying to illegally enter our country at these barrier locations have gone down dramatically. I support the President’s national emergency declaration designed to strengthen our borders with additional border barrier systems as quickly and efficiently as possible.”