NWLC Reacts to President Trump’s Intent to Declare a National Emergency

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“This afternoon, President Trump announced his intention to declare a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall. The president’s actions are a disgrace to this country. They serve only to confirm that the true emergency our nation faces is a lack of moral leadership in its highest office.

This declaration is the latest in a series of attacks on the fundamental rights of all people. It comes on top of a spending bill that contains many other harmful provisions, including a 12-percent increase in the number of people in immigration jails, additional unrestricted funding for the deplorable practices of ICE and CBP, and $1.375 billion for more border militarization and surveillance.

We have just witnessed an unprecedented and appalling moment in our history. We urge Congress to pass a resolution to thwart this attempt at a national emergency. When it comes to the safety and dignity of hundreds of thousands of people, there can be no more room for compromise.”


For immediate release: February 14, 2019
Contact: Olympia Feil ([email protected])