“We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution,” Rubio said in a statement, arguing that Trump’s move would enable a future president to use the same tactic to implement the Green New Deal, a Democratic-backed economic and environmental initiative.
“I will wait to see what statutory or constitutional power the President relies on to justify such a declaration before making any definitive statement,” Rubio added. “But I am skeptical it will be something I can support.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also vocalized his qualms with the president’s plan on Twitter, saying he is “disappointed” with Congress’ deal on border security spending “and with the president’s intention to declare an emergency to build a wall.”
Rubio and Paul join a handful of GOP legislators who have already raised questions over Trump’s plan, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who told CNN in January he would “prefer not” to have an emergency declared, and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who said “I hate the idea.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said this week that “declaring a national emergency for this purpose would be a mistake,” and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has warned it would be “a dangerous step” and “not a good strategy.”