Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga) says he supports President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to secure border wall funding.
Speaking from the Rose Garden on Friday, Trump said he will pull money from the Departments of Defense and Treasury and Homeland Security to pay for a wall between Mexico and the United States.
“We don’t control our own border,” Trump said. “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it – one way or the other we have to do it.”
Trump said he’s doing it to address “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
Following Trump’s speech, Rep. Collins released a statement supporting the measure.
“The crisis at our southern border demands immediate action, and I support President Trump’s commitment to securing our border and protecting our citizens,” Collins said. “Declaring a national emergency is a serious act with deep implications, and it’s disappointing that partisan politics have brought us to this point.”
Collins said the president has “full legal authority to declare this emergency.” He urged Congress to act to fix loopholes in the law that encourage illegal immigration.
Collins represents Georgia’s 9th congressional district which includes Habersham County.
NOTE: This article has been updated to include the three departments/agencies from which the president intends to pull money to pay for the border wall.