RI congressional delegation slams national emergency plan

February 15, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation has slammed Republican President Donald Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the move “extreme, illogical, and legally dubious” in an emailed statement.

Reed says there is no security emergency at the border, and that Trump’s actions could spark a “humanitarian and constitutional crisis.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin says the move would be an “irresponsible — and likely unlawful — abuse of power.” U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he expects the courts to find the declaration “baseless and irrelevant.”

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, who has visited the border multiple times, says the president’s claim that the wall is necessary to stop the flow of drugs is false.