Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over the Mexico southern border wall by outlining what she called "real national emergencies".
Last week Trump declared the national emergency, prompting vicious blowback that includes calls for impeachment and criticisms of his mental health.
Today I'm announcing several critical actions that my administration is taking to confront a problem that we have right here at home. We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away, wars that we should have never been in, in many cases, but we don't control our own border. So we are 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 -- not because it was a campaign promise, which it is.
So I'm going to be signing a national emergency. And it's been signed many times before. It's been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power.
Taking to Twitter, Clinton wrote: “The real national emergencies [are]:”
- Relentless gun violence.
- Children separated from their families at the border.
- Climate change.
- Americans dying for lack of health care.
The real national emergencies:
- Relentless gun violence.
- Children separated from their families at the border.… https://t.co/6tkFI9kBQ5
Let's take a look at Hillary's national emergencies.
1. Relentless gun violence.
In the first month of 2019 in America, there were 1,209 gun deaths including 49 children and 195 teenagers shot, according to statistics from the Gun Violence Archive.
More shocking still, it's been a year since the Parkland massacre and, in that time, 1,200 children under the age of 18 have been killed by guns in the United States, according to a reporting project with The Miami Herald and the McClatchy newspaper group.
The First Month of 2019 in America (real-time data as of 2/1):
-1,201 gun deaths
-2,090 gun injuries
-49 children s… https://t.co/XiP2nKFjEZ
— The Gun Violence Archive (@The Gun Violence Archive)
2. Children separated from their families at the border.
In 2018, Donald Trump’s administration launched a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that forcibly separated thousands of asylum-seeking families. According to figures provided by Customs and Border Protection to Amnesty International:
8,000 'family units' – more than US authorities had previously admitted to separating. Those statistics still seemed to omit hundreds – if not thousands – of families separated at official ports-of-entry, or with non-parental relationships (including grandparents, among others).
A number of children have died in US border patrol detention centres.