National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Statement on Emergency Declaration
Washington, DC—in response to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border, in addition to the border security bill passed by Congress, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) National Director, Gregg Orton issued the following statement:
“The President’s national emergency declaration sets a dangerous precedent that undermines the integrity of our democracy-- all for an ineffective solution to a manufactured problem.
Congress’ newly passed border security bill will provide over a billion dollars in funding towards border security and reflects a compromise from Congress. Bypassing the Constitution, which is clear about which branch of our government is responsible for determining appropriations, reflect a President who is more committed to keeping a foolish campaign promise, than upholding our democratic principles.
President Trump is right that there is a national emergency upon us. But it is not a caravan of people we should fear that spurs us to action-- it is the naked power grab by the Executive Branch, coupled with complicity of those in Congress who choose to stand by and do nothing out of political gain.
Members on both sides of the aisle must do more than simply speak in opposition. They must act.”