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The statement reads, "a wall is unnecessary to support the use of the armed forces", and argues that redirecting money for the wall through the emergency declaration "will undermine US national security and foreign policy interests".

The statement is set to be released Monday, a day before the Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote to block Trump from using the declaration.

Fifty-eight former top national-security and foreign-affairs officials have signed a joint statement that "there is no factual basis" to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the USA border with Mexico.

Trump moved to redirect federal funds intended for other purposes to build the border wall after Congress rejected his demand for $5.7 billion in construction money.

In a separate letter on Monday, 23 former Republican U.S. lawmakers also urged current members of Congress to pass the resolution, Politico reported.

The outcome was less assured in the Senate, which will be required - under provisions of the National Emergencies Act - to take up the legislation within weeks of House passage. While the Democrats do have the numerical advantage within Congress, it's possible that the president could merely veto a resolution of disapproval if it clears.

The authors say no terrorist or national security threat is present in the area, a border wall would not accomplish much in reducing human and drug trafficking, and they warn an emergency order will only serve to "exacerbate" humanitarian concerns already present in the area.

Trump urged GOP senators to stick with him, writing on Twitter: "I hope our great Republican Senators don't get led down the path of weak and ineffective Border Security".

Included in the 13-page statement is the authors' reasoning for why they believe the president is wrong in declaring a crisis at the USA southern border. "Be strong and smart, don't fall into the Democrats "trap" of Open Borders and Crime!"

Pelosi decried Trump's action as a Constitutional crisis.

"It was a lawless act, a gross abuse of power, and an attempt by the president to distract from the fact that he broke his core promise that Mexico pay for the wall", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

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