Rep. Kinzinger Statement on Emergency Declaration
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the House Floor against H.J. Res 46, and later voted against the resolution.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the House Floor against H.J. Res 46, which would express Congress’ disapproval of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. This action, which the President said he would veto, would legally bar the President from reprogramming funds to build any barriers on the border.
During his speech this afternoon, the Congressman shared his experience working along the southern border in his capacity as a pilot in the Air National Guard. He recently returned from a two-week mission in Tucson, Arizona that gave him a fresh look at the crisis on the border. His experience and firsthand accounts of the issues compelled him to view the situation at our southern border as a national emergency and vote on this resolution accordingly. After the vote, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:
“We need stronger border security, and we need to get a handle on the crisis at our southern border. The amount of drugs entering our country is dangerous, and the levels of human trafficking cases is devastating. We need to increase resources to improve surveillance technology, bolster our personnel, and add physical barriers. By building on our physical border security, we can allocate more attention to the problems at our ports of entry and streamline operations to more effectively address the drug cartels and human traffickers.
“Before I left on my most recent border mission with the Air National Guard, I was neutral on the need for a declaration of national emergency. Today, I am more convinced than ever that this is the right thing to do for the safety and security of our country, and the well-being of those looking to make the dangerous, arduous journey to the border. We need to work together and make an immigration system that works, and that must include addressing the problems we face on our border.”
The Congressman’s floor speech can be found here on his YouTube page.