National JFON Statement on President Trump’s “National Emergency”

This declaration is another attempt to create a crisis where none exists. 

By NJFON Executive Director Rob Rutland-Brown

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall is misguided, wasteful, immoral, and circumvents both the will of Congress and the American people.

This action ignores evidence that unlawful border crossings are at an historic low. In addition, for the last seven years, more immigrants have become undocumented through overstaying their visas than from entering without papers at our southern border.

We at National JFON, however, recognize the true national emergency: Our government, in our name, separates thousands of immigrant families, imprisons parents and children, punishes people who are seeking safety from persecution, and harms the lives of our immigrant neighbors in communities across America.

As an organization that promotes access to our justice system, advocates for the dignity and safety of all migrants, and seeks to uphold our shared American values, National JFON asks that you join us and stand against this deplorable declaration.

Rob Rutland-Brown 
Executive Director, 
National Justice for Our Neighbors 


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