Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Remarks on President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

February 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today in support of a resolution to terminate President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. Below is a link to the video and his remarks, as delivered:


“Since when do we call human beings in need national emergencies?

“Have all of President Trump’s other arguments failed? Is he running out of insults for people like me, people who came from Mexico to have a better life in this country?

“He used to call people like me “bad hombres”. When that failed he turned to other insults and after they lose their shock value he called us rapists….then murderers…

“At that point, he ran out of insults for people like me, so he referred to us as coyotes.
And now, when all other labels have failed to achieve his central campaign promise to build a medieval border wall, he calls people like me a national emergency?

“We must reject his premise that the presence of people like me in the country, of people like the constituents of my district, constitutes a national emergency.”