FoxNews.com reports that
President Donald Trump told Fox News on Thursday that he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency” if he can’t reach an agreement with congressional Democrats to provide funding for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The law is very clear. I mean, we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” Trump told Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview. “This is a national emergency, if you look what’s happening.”
Trump did not lay out a specific timetable for when he might take such a step, saying: “I think we’re going to see what happens over the next few days.” However, he appeared to hold out hope for making a deal to secure wall funding and fully reopen the government.
“We should be able to make a deal with Congress,” the president said. “If you look, Democrats, in Congress, especially the new ones coming in, are starting to say, ‘Wait a minute, we can’t win this battle with Trump, because of the fact that it’s just common sense. How can we say that a wall doesn’t work?’”
The president spoke to Fox News on the banks of the Rio Grande, where he traveled to argue his claim that a barrier would deter drug and human trafficking into the United States.
“Death is pouring through,” Trump said. “We have crime and death and it’s not just at the border. They get through the border and they go and filter into the country and you have MS-13 gangs in places like Los Angeles and you have gangs all over Long Island, which we’re knocking the hell out of. There should be no reason for us to have to do this. They shouldn’t be allowed in and if we had the barrier, they wouldn’t be allowed in.”
The president said a wall would be “virtually a hundred percent effective and [House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi] and [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck [Schumer] know that, but it’s politics. It’s about the 2020 campaign, it’s about running for president. That’s what they’re doing. They’re already doing it. It’s a shame. They’ve got to put the country first.”
Democrats repeatedly have refused to approve any legislation to fund the wall. The standoff led to the partial government shutdown, which is set to hit the three-week mark Friday.
“Everyone wants us to win this battle,” Trump said. “It’s common sense … Look, we’re not going anywhere. We’re not changing our mind because there’s nothing to change your mind about. The wall works [and] if we don’t have a steel or concrete barrier, we’re all wasting a lot of time.”
So, what law gives President Trump “the right to declare a national emergency”?
In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, codifying—without truly restricting—this authority. The law gives a president the power to declare a national emergency when she or he wishes. Under the act, an emergency lapses after a year, unless it’s renewed—and it often is.
President Jimmy Carter declared the first national emergency under the NEA in 1979, with an order blocking Iranian government property from entering the U.S. in response to the Iran hostage crisis. Carter determined that this situation, like the many to follow it, met the criteria of being “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security.”
Since that first order in 1979, American presidents have declared 58 national emergencies. According to the Brennan Center’s running count, 31 of these are still in effect—including the ban on Iranian property, which was extended in November of 2018. In other words, the country has been in some state of emergency for almost four decades.
These 58 national emergencies include declarations over dealings with Yemen, Syria, and North Korea, among others; sanctions against an array of terrorist groups, including one after 9/11; and various orders concerning nuclear weapons, diamonds imported from Sierra Leone, and the 2009 swine flu epidemic. Most recently, George W. Bush declared 13 and Barack Obama 12, most of which are still in effect, according to CNN.
I hope that it is not lost on you, gentle readers, that I used a Liberal source to derive the information above.
Yesterday morning, I was watching Fox News and saw Democrat after Democrat insist that the Crisis on our Southern Border is not a “national emergency”.
If millions upon millions of illegal aliens breaking into our Sovereign Nation, with a percentage of them killing and assaulting Americans, bringing illegal dangerous drugs such as heroin over the Southern Border, and dealing in human trafficking as well, is not a “national emergency”, then I want to know what is.
Pelosi having a hangnail?
Through all of the ongoing Democratic temper tantrum over this issue, I have not heard them bring up Sheriff’s Deputy Ronil Singh, his widow, or his 5 month old who will never get to know his Daddy, who gave his life in service to a country which he came to legally and loved.
All I hear from the Democrats, even those I work with at my paying gig, is “those poor, poor, government workers…whatever will they do?”.
Not a peep from them about the Angel Moms and Dads who are left behind to grieve their children murdered by barbarians who were not supposed to be in America in the first place.
Whether San Fan Nan, Chuck U. Schumer and the rest of “the smartest people in the room” decide to “negotiate” or not is up to them. The president is not going to budge.
He knows what is at stake and he knows who elected him and why.
According to Jim Hoft of GatewayPundit.com, some of the Democrats are breaking ranks with their leaders in favor of a wall.
The Democrats had better wake up and realize exactly how clueless and insensitive they appear to the American Public.
They are supposed to be serving Americans…not illegal aliens, otherwise known as “Future Democratic Voters”.
With or without them, the President of the United States of America is going to build a wall along our Southern Border.
Unlike the Democrats, he takes his promises seriously.
So help him God.
Until He Comes,