WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today announcing she will vote against the resolution to stop President Trump’s national emergency declaration:
“President Trump is utilizing authority explicitly granted to him by statute to declare a national emergency, unlike President Obama whose executive actions often sought to unilaterally rewrite clearly established law. I agree with the president that the crisis on our southern border is a national emergency, and I support his ongoing efforts to keep our country and our families safe. I will oppose the disapproval resolution when it comes before the Senate.”
Background on the Southern Border Crisis:
- During FY17 and FY18 there was a 38% increase in methamphetamine at the southern border, totaling 248,000 lbs. Just last week, U.S. Border Patrol recovered 45 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.4 million in the Rio Grande Valley, a high-priority area of concern for CBP’s border security efforts. Nebraska State Patrol has identified meth as being the state’s primary drug threat, and the DEA’s Omaha Division had a 3% increase in meth seizures by law enforcement in 2018 from the previous year. According to a December 2018Omaha World-Herald article, “drug trafficking organizations from Mexico are the primary source of meth, while production in the U.S. is at its lowest level since 2000.”
- From November 2018-January 2019, there’s been a monthly average of 50,000 people apprehended between ports of entry by U.S. Border Patrol on the Southwest Border.
- In FY18, U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 6,259 immigrants in between ports of entry who had been convicted of crime – including battery, sexual offenses, domestic violence, burglary, DUI, manslaughter, and drug trafficking.
- In 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported nearly 6,000 gang members.