A resolution from our local committee
WHEREAS, Congress submitted a bipartisan Spending Bill which allocated $1.4 billion for a Border Wall.
WHEREAS, Government data shows that attempted border crossings remain near 40-year lows and that drug traffickers primarily attempt to smuggle hard narcotics through ports of entry, not through gaps between border barriers
WHEREAS, illegal entry by individuals from Mexico has fallen by more than 90% since FY 2000, according to Border Patrol apprehensions data
WHEREAS, Department of Homeland Security Border Security Metrics Report dated May 1st, 2018 estimated detected unlawful entries FY 2006 – FY2016 fell from 2.0 million to 624 thousand during this period, a 69 percent decrease.
WHEREAS, The President of the United States of America stated at his news conference on February 15th, 2019 “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Tioga County Democratic Committee strongly opposes the National Emergency Declaration.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Tioga County Democratic Executive Committee will draft a letter to our Congressional Representatives, Tom Reed (R) and Anthony Brindisi (D), indicating our opposition to the Declaration, and urge the House and Senate to fully support the enactment of a joint resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration, in accordance with the process described in the National Emergencies Act.
Passed February 26th, 2019