As President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to seek the desired funds for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, self-described Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked the emergency as “fake” and is already setting out to obstruct the president’s plans.
Ocasio-Cortez announced on Twitter she is teaming up with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) to block President Trump’s national emergency.
“If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration under 50 U.S.C. 1622. (National Emergencies Act),” Castro wrote in a statement on Thursday.
The Democrat’s statement continued to bash the president:
“President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rather than any substantive emergency. Border crossings are lower than they have been in four decades. There are more law enforcement officers at the border—some stationed there simply to make good on politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric—than ever before. Further, such a baseless declaration by President Trump would set a dangerous precedent regarding the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she and Castro “aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
The president is expected to sign off on a spending bill just ahead of the midnight deadline that would have lead to another shutdown, telling the American people during a conference on Friday, “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border — and we’re going to do it one way or the other.”