Fifty-eight former United States national security officials have rebuked President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a border wall.
They say there is no factual basis for an emergency at the US-Mexico border.
Former officials from both parties have signed the letter, including United Nations Ambassador, Thomas Pickering and Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
Trump had declared an emergency after Congress refused to pay for the wall.
The officials also note that contrary to Trump’s repeated claims of an illegal crossing “crisis” involving violent criminals and drugs, border crossings are near 40-year lows, and most illicit substances cross through legal ports of entry.