WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement.

“While I am encouraged that President Trump will finally sign into law the bipartisan agreement reached by Republicans and Democrats in Congress to fund the government and make robust investments in smart border security, his decision to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along our southern border is a serious mistake. 

“It is the responsibility of President Trump - and any President - to declare national emergencies when appropriate and respond urgently with the full resources of the federal government, but clearly, there is no such emergency for him to declare. I suspect the President’s declaration will quickly be challenged in court I and believe it is likely to be overturned.

“Democrats and Republicans agree that border security is important, but the President’s fear mongering about immigrants, his refusal to listen to border security experts about what our real needs are at the border, and his attempts to end run the appropriations process are counterproductive and undermine congressional authority. 

“The President should reconsider this disaster declaration and work with Congress to ensure our approach to border security is driven by facts, not fear, and good policy, not politics.”