Press Release ● Immigration Reform
For Immediate Release: 
February 25, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and House Democrats at a press event this evening to discuss the privileged resolution to terminate President Trump's emergency declaration, which the House will vote on tomorrow. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

“Thank you very much, Congressman [Joaquin] Castro, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Whip [Jim] Clyburn, and the Members who stand behind me.

“[Rep. Veronica] Escobar is here. She and I were in El Paso two weeks ago… [Rep.] Xochitl Torres Small and I were in New Mexico two weeks ago, and two days ago, I was at the border. I was just south of San Diego with Congressman [Scott] Peters, Congressman [Mike] Levin, and Congressman Juan Vargas.

“And what I concluded: there is no crisis at the border. The issue tomorrow will be whether there is a crisis of our constitutional adherence, whether there is a crisis because there is a lack of conscience and courage among the Members of the House of Representatives and subsequently the United States Senate to stand up for what the Founding Fathers wanted. They did not want King George.  They had enough of King George telling them what to do, and so they created this extraordinary government – separation of powers, where each had their responsibility and the other could not tread on that responsibility and authority.

“That’s what tomorrow’s vote is about: not a wall, but the Constitution. The wall is an important issue, but the Constitution is a transcendent issue, and the issue will be whether or not the Congress of the United States will exercise the authority given to it under Article I of the Constitution or whether it will abdicate its responsibility.

“I hope that every Member of the Congress votes not for party, not for a president, but votes for a constitutional system that has preserved democracy for over two centuries because of the checks and balances that we talk so much about and that tomorrow we will have the opportunity to commit ourselves to, not just talk about.

“So I pray that the Members of the House will have the conscience and the courage to protect the greatest Constitution that the world has ever seen. The American people will be watching.”