The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block the White House from redirecting federal funds toward building a border wall.
Here are reaction comments from Colorado members of Congress and other political leaders. We'll add more as we received them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver: “The president abused his power when he declared a fake national emergency to spend billions of dollars on a wall that experts all agree will not work to secure our borders. Today, we used our Constitutional power to terminate that fake emergency, and we hope the Senate acts fast to do the same. Congress needs to send the president a clear message that we will not sit back and allow him to tear up the Constitution or ignore the will of the people and do as he pleases.”
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs: "President Trump is well within his constitutional right to declare a national emergency at the southern border. Past presidents have declared national emergencies totaling over 60 times with 32 active right now. The crisis at our border requires executive action. Time and time again, the facts show what's really going on there - human trafficking, drug trading, and many other dangerous crimes threatening our way of life. Border Patrol Agents have said they need reinforcement to combat these issues. Whether it be through technology, strengthened portions of the wall, or manpower, they need resources to keep our country safe. That's why President Trump sent American troops to the southern border. Each of the past five Administrations acted similarly. Because the profile of illegal immigrants has fundamentally changed recently from individual adults to families and unaccompanied alien children, it has disproportionately burdened Customs and Border Patrol and our federal government resources. President Trump's response to this crisis is appropriate."
U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora: “President Trump is making an end-run around Congress and the American people in declaring a national emergency to advance a political agenda. A border wall is ineffective and wasteful, but a national emergency when there isn’t one sets a dangerous precedent and is a direct threat to our democracy. For over 200 years, our Constitution has protected Americans from overreach by either branch of government, and I can think of nothing more patriotic than protecting that ideal.”
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor: “I support President Trump’s efforts to curtail drug smuggling, human trafficking, and gang activity by declaring an emergency on our southern border. American families will be safer. Today’s vote was premature.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder: “The President’s emergency declaration is lawless and unconstitutional. After failing to convince the American people or Congress to pay for his ineffective border wall, the President is now trying to bypass our constitutional legislative process to get his way. This declaration creates a crisis that does not exist, it would require the seizure of hundreds of miles of private and state-owned land and would take billions from high-priority military construction projects that ensure our troops have essential training and readiness. As lawmakers, it is our duty to protect our constitution, the separation of powers and defend our nation against this gross abuse of authority.”