At what point would you be willing to consider the illegal immigration issue a “crisis”...one that would require an “emergency” response? cri·sis /ˈkrīsis/ noun noun: crisis; plural noun: crises a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. "the current economic crisis" synonyms: catastrophe, calamity, cataclysm, emergency, disaster; More predicament, plight, mess, dilemma, quandary, setback, reverse, reversal, upheaval, drama; trouble, dire straits, hard times, hardship, adversity, extremity, distress, difficulty; informalfix, pickle, jam, stew, scrape, bind, hole, sticky situation, hot water, hell, hell on earth, hassle, stress; informalcar crash, spot of bother "the country was in the grip of an economic crisis" a time when a difficult or important decision must be made. "a crisis point of history" synonyms: critical point, decisive point, turning point, crossroads, critical period, crux, climax, climacteric, culmination, height, head, moment of truth, zero hour, point of no return, Rubicon; informalcrunch "events across the North Sea were building to a crisis" e·mer·gen·cy /əˈmərjənsē/ noun noun: emergency; plural noun: emergencies a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. "your quick response in an emergency could be a lifesaver" synonyms: crisis, urgent situation, extremity, exigency; More accident, disaster, catastrophe, calamity; difficulty, plight, predicament, tight spot, tight corner, mess; quandary, dilemma; unforeseen circumstances, dire/desperate straits, danger; informalscrape, jam, fix, pickle, spot, hole, hot water, crunch, panic stations "your quick response in an emergency could be a lifesaver" arising from or needed or used in an emergency. modifier noun: emergency "an emergency exit" synonyms: urgent, crisis; More impromptu, extraordinary "an emergency meeting" a person with a medical condition requiring immediate treatment. NORTH AMERICAN short for emergency room. "he was rushed into emergency"