PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeted his support for President Donald Trump's border plan on Saturday, a day after a national emergency declaration was made by the president.
Arizona has watched for decades as Washington has failed to prioritize border security. It’s unfortunate it has come to this rather than Congress doing its job. But action is needed. I support President Trump’s plan to secure our border.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) February 16, 2019
Martha McSally also tweeted in support of the POTUS's plan, saying the following:
Others also were fans of Ducey's words:
"Thank you Governor Ducey for thinking about us in Arizona"--Twitter user @ritapac2
"Thank you @dougducey for supporting CBP and protecting us Arizonans." --Twitter user @azwebmaster
Ducey's comment also drew sharp criticism from some, including Representative Raul M. Grijalva:
User David Stranahan wrote:
We no longer have a democracy if the Executive branch can allocate funds not approved by Congress. You should be ashamed. In a democracy process matters.
Another wrote :
Immigration reform is desperately needed but that doesn’t equate to a ‘national emergency.’ Dems and Republicans need to work together for the good of the American people and stop all this nonsense!!! Build the wall —> tear it down. At this rate, nobody wins. 🙄
The President's declaration, if successful, will take money from the federal defense budget and has already given rise to legal challenges.
In fact, per the Associate Press, the American Civil Liberties Union announced their intentions to sue only an hour after the president made the declaration.
The AP also said that Public Citizen also filed a lawsuit, and that other Democratic state attorneys may also take it to court.
Before the declaration, Congress refused to allocate the all the funds the president asked for a border wall, and now, the questions are: Can the national emergency be carried out despite Congress's refusal, and, can money specified for the Defense department be allocated for the border?