NEW YORK, CMC – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Tuesday described as a “power grab” United States President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico.
In an attempt to bypass the US Congress, Trump declared the emergency on Friday in order to access billions of dollars that the US Legislature declined to give him to honor his campaign pledge of building a wall at the southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.
Outside the bounds of law and reality
“Donald Trump, who often criticized President Barack Obama for his use of Executive Orders, takes executive overreach to a new level by declaring a national emergency,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). “This is a power grab by a president who has gone outside the bounds of not only the law but of reality.”
The representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9thCongressional District in Brooklyn, New York, noted that 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency.
Border crossings at 20-year low
She also said that illegal border crossings are at a near 20-year low. “There is no real crisis at the border,” Clarke declared. “This is just another attempt to distract from the fact that neither Mexico, Democrats, or the American people want to pay for Donald Trump’s ridiculously expensive and racist border wall.
“The president should admit that he was unable to get Mexico to pay for the wall, as he promised, and work with Congress on comprehensive immigration and comprehensive infrastructure packages,” she added.