Today’s Scandal – February 15, 2019 – Border Wall National Emergency

February 15, 2019
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It’s been a busy day going between Andrew McCabe’s shocking revelation that people at the FBI and DOJ were conspiring to recruit members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and AOC’s genius celebration of 25,000 jobs being lost in her own district in New York. But the biggest scandal of the day is President Trump declaring a state of National Emergency. Now, the Left is in its usual initial state of frenzy, as they always are when President Trump does anything, regardless whether it is justified or not. This time, the Right is also in a little bit of a frenzy because we don’t know if that wouldn’t create a precedent for when a looney like AOC becomes President. It actually didn’t take long before our other favorite freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) took to Twitter to reaffirm exactly that.

In any case, I don’t think anything is going to come out of the National Emergency declaration but we don’t know yet. It is an interesting legal conundrum. There are some parts of the US Code that permit the President to appropriate military funding towards the building of a border wall (10 U.S. Code § 284), and then there’s some other codes (10 U.S. Code § 2808) that might prevent him. The courts may as well block him, which could result in a stalling legal battle that would for sure stretch until 2020.

FYI: The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was created and passed by Congress and has been used over 50 times throughout the years, meaning declaring a state of National Emergency is not unusual, or dictatorial, or anything of that sort. Here’s the number of National Emergency declarations each President has issued since 1976:
Jimmy Carter – 2
Ronald Reagan – 6
George H.W. Bush – 4
Bill Clinton – 17
George W. Bush – 12
Barack Obama – 13
Donald Trump – 3

On the other hand, we have the disastrous omnibus package, which the President signed today, in order to prevent another government shutdown. I know, nobody wants another long government shutdown, but this 1,200-page omnibus bill is pure dogs*t. It contains some $1.375B supposedly for a 55-mile stretch along the border but it comes with a number of provisions, including where it could be implemented (the Rio Grande valley sector), what kind of barrier (only bollard fencing), and local officials will have veto power over the wall, which is why the construction is limited to the Rio Grande valley, which has the most liberal counties on the border. The cherry on top of this sh*tpile omnibus is the prohibition of deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an unaccompanied minor illegal alien, or who says they might sponsor one, or lives in a household with one, or a household that might potentially sponsor one. This provision is outright disgusting and wrong as it provides children as a shield for the worst human traffickers and smugglers. The bill also includes more catch and release funding, cloaked in money that is reserved for moving asylum seekers to facilities in the interior of the country where they are released right away. This is undoubtedly a much worse “deal” than the bill that was on the President’s desk in December. So far, that’s not good news but we’ll see what happens.

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