In an interview withÂ Fox News‘ Laura Ingraham Monday night, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway would not say whether POTUS Donald Trump was set to declare a national emergency due to conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border, adding that he had not yet made the decision.
But if he were to do that, she added, it would give Congress a break and, specifically, Democrats who have repeatedly refused to discuss border security measures with the White House that include new physical barriers.
“He’s going to lay out the facts and figures of what he considers to be a humanitarian and security crisis at the border,” Conway told Ingraham.
“The White House Counsel’s Office is researching the legal implications of” a national emergency declaration, Conway said. “But in many ways, it would also let Congress off the hook one more time. And so there are probably some people who want him to declare it so that Congress, again, can fail to do its job.
“The Congress and the courts have failed to do their job,” Conway added. “They’ve given us this crisis. And when people deny the use of the word ‘crisis’ at this border, it’s very sad to me because what is not a crisis if not an increase in the drugs, in the meth, the fentanyl, the cocaine and the heroin coming over the southern border?
“Ninety-percent of the heroin, the government statistics say, comes over the southern border. DHS says there’s about a 73 percent increase in fentanyl coming over the border,” she continued. “Customs and Border Patrol just last year…captured enough fentanyl to have killed every man, woman, and child in this country.”
Conway also pointed to aÂ report compiled by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, which aims to separate myth from fact:
“In recent days, the terms â€œSpecial Interests Aliensâ€ (SIAs) and â€œKnown and Suspected Terroristsâ€ (KSTs) have become more frequently used as part of discussions about the federal budget and border security,” the report says. “These terms are not synonymous nor interchangeable, but are two separate terms that are commonly used in the national security community to describe different types of potential threats.
“The facts are clear,” the report says.
As we reported Monday, the Center for Immigration Studies, in two separate backgrounders — one in August and another in November — laid out evidence related to government findings and concerns that terrorists were also crossing the U.S. southwest border.
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