Scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, arguing the president is exaggerating about the influx of illegal aliens warrants a national emergency.
In an interview with Showtime’s “The Circus,” which aired on Friday, Clinton was asked, “If you were calling a national emergency on any topic, what would it be? Where should we be most focused right now?”
Clinton blasted Trump for insisting open borders constitute a threat to national security.
“I just don’t think you should call national emergencies unless there truly is a national emergency,” the twice-failed presidential candidate said. “There’s no national emergency at our border.”
Trump will resort to declaring a national emergency for a border wall out of desperation, the former secretary of state argued.
“He’s frustrated because he can’t even convince his own party to support his requests. He shouldn’t be breaking new ground and causing new precedence that really could come back to not only haunt him, but haunt our country.
“He should go through regular order. He couldn’t get Congress when he had Republican control. He can’t get it now, then work with Congress. Every Democrat, every Republican, wants to do what is right to secure our border. They disagree with his demand that there is only one way to do that.”
Despite Clinton’s insistence that there is no national emergency at the border, the deaths of thousands of Americans are attributed to the influx of illegal aliens.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there were 70,237 overdose deaths in the United States in 2017 – 192 deaths a day. Meanwhile, 90 percent of all illegal drugs come across the southern border.
Comparatively, a total of 3,359 service members have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of US occupation of the country to date. The total number of service members killed in Iraq is 4,886.
And the majority of Republican voters want a wall.
Last month, when Trump threatened to keep the government shutdown until Congress allocated $5.7 billion he requested for the barrier, Republican support for a southern border wall reached an all-time high at 63 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Yet, Democrats’ support of the wall reached an all-time low, with 84 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independent responding that a bill containing wall funding is unacceptable.
As the president weighs whether to declare a national emergency to build a wall, the Pentagon announced last Sunday nearly 4,000 more active-duty troops will be deployed to the US – Mexico border to support the work of the US Customs and Border Protection agents.
Trump initially deployed the troops before in November in response to migrant caravans heading to the US.