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Mr. President, use 10 U.S.C. 284 to start building the wall now

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Mr President use 10 USC 284 to start building the wall now

It’s crunch time. The next government shutdown will happen after Friday if a deal isn’t made now and it looks like that’s not going to happen. With the rules in the House stating bills need to have 72 hours for reading before a vote, that means tomorrow is the deadline to reach a deal.

The chances of the wall being in that deal are slim to none. The chances of President Trump signing it without the wall are low unless he’s able to act outside of Congress to get wall construction going. That likely means declaring a national emergency, but there’s another option that would work better.

Some in Washington DC, including Trump-allies Mark Meadows and Mo Brooks, are lightly pushing the President to have his Secretary of Defense invoke 10 U.S.C. 284. It would not require Congressional approval, nor would it require the President to declare a national emergency. Instead, it would involve the Pentagon working with law enforcement at the border to begin construction of a border wall in the areas that are most susceptible to drug smuggling and/or transnational organized crime.

Invoking it would allow the military to begin wall construction almost immediately.

The ideal situation would be for Congress to stop obstructing and fund the wall in whole or in part. This would make the most sense. It would eliminate the limits involved in utilizing the United States Code and would draw the money from appropriate sources instead of forcing the use of funds set aside for other purposes.

That ideal situation seems nearly impossible considering the Democrats’ unhinged desire to stop the President from getting a political victory even if doing so means putting more Americans in harm’s way. Their focus is on 2020, not the here and now. Their focus is on power, not the safety of American citizens.

Declaring a national emergency would have its own pitfalls. First and most prominently, it would be very difficult to get wall construction started in the first place. Legal challenges and bureaucratic red tape would engulf his declaration to the point that construction may no even begin before the 2020 election. In fact, it may never begin.

With 10 U.S.C. 284, most of the legal challenges and nearly all the bureaucratic red tape is relieved. The military is given wide legal berth to accomplish their missions of defending the nation. That includes defending our sovereign borders from all incursions.

The pitfall of going down this road, and perhaps the only reason the President isn’t openly considering it, is that it would be limited in scope. This would get the wall started, but some experts believe this would only get the President around a billion dollars worth of wall before funds could no longer be justified easily.

We’ve written about this move eight times now. The concept is gaining support, but it may be too late. We need to continue to remind Republicans on Capitol Hill that this is the right way to go. They know it, but there’s some pushback from the White House. Where it’s coming from, we don’t know, but it’s time to stop pretending to want the wall and actually do something to start building it.

It’s better to address our immediate needs as quickly as possible rather than waiting for Congress to do their jobs or hoping a national emergency declaration can work its way through the process in time. We need the wall now. 10 U.S.C. 284 is the way.

 


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Tomi Lahren, Jesse Watters discuss securing portions of border where walls are impractical

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Tomi Lahren Jesse Watters discuss securing portions of border where walls are impractical

Anyone who considers the illegal immigration situation as it pertains to our southern border understands how a border wall makes sense in many areas. Some refuse to accept this notion for political reasons, but common sense tells us where there’s a wall, one of three things will happen. Illegal immigrants will either try to breach the wall in some way, decide not to attempt to breach because of the wall, or find areas where there is no wall.

This last idea is the one that border patrol agents expect the most, which is why a heavy majority of them are in favor of building more wall along the border. It will make them more effective at their jobs because it allows them to put more focus on areas where illegal border crossings are more likely to happen. Right now, the lack of a wall in so many areas means they are spread thin. Moreover, it means they are less likely to capture those who aren’t just entering for the sake of being caught and applying for asylum. When there’s less wall, the actual criminals who want to come into the United States are having an easier time because of a lack of a barrier.

Last night, Jesse Watters interviewed Tomi Lahren about her coverage along the Arizona border. She traveled with and interviewed border patrol agents in the area, seeing the environment in which they’re tasked to protect Americans. They noted how things would be easier for them if there was a wall in some places because it would allow them to focus their efforts on smaller areas of land that aren’t covered by a wall.

It’s time for Democrats to stop listening to the political demons in their head and start listening to the experts who understand the problems and solutions along the southern border. If they don’t, they’ll continue to empower the cartels who currently control the border.


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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.

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President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.

 


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Losers all around: Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

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Losers all around Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

The Senate and House just put a bill on the President’s desk that he intends to sign. This bill will keep the government funded for most of the year and has many components worth discussing within its 1200 pages. For this discussion, let’s look specifically at the border security components because there seems to be losers across the board without a single winner in sight… at least not from this country.

First, let’s look at the two parties.

Democrats lose the political clout that would have come from a bipartisan agreement to fund the border wall. While most on the left see it as a win that they were able to put together a bill that snuck in so many atrocious immigration loopholes (which we’ll cover below), those loopholes will be used to demonstrate how bad their border policy really is.

But it would all be worth it to them if the wall never got built, at least politically speaking for 2020. The wall is President Trump’s post-midterm achievement if he can get a good chunk of it built, so stopping him from doing so would have been a win. There’s still a chance it can be a win for the Democrats if the White House doesn’t play their cards right. The national emergency declaration may or may not get the wall started before the election, so they’ll need to invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to get it going sooner rather than later.

Of course, the biggest loss for Democrats is their own policies. It may not have the immediate negative impact necessary to affect them in 2020, but it will have a negative impact nonetheless. As drug cartels and criminal illegal immigrants benefit from the insane policies they put in the bill, the only defense the Democrats will have is that a majority of Republicans backed it as well.

Republicans lose because this deal demonstrates their weakness. They were too weak to fight the border wall battle when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House simultaneously. There’s no reason to expect them to have grown a backbone since the midterms, and this bill proves they did not.

They folded on the border wall dollars. They folded on the restrictions placed on the border wall itself. They folded on the number of beds set aside for detained illegal immigrants. They folded on the allowance of what can only be construed as amnesty for future illegal border crossing unaccompanied minor sponsors (it’s a mouthful, but we’ll get into those protections a bit later).

In short, they folded on nearly everything and put the President in a position where his only viable option was to declare the national emergency. Sadly, it means the GOP not only accomplished nothing since the shutdown began, but also demonstrated the shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply caving then instead of waiting two months to cave.

Now, let’s look at everyone other than the parties themselves.

President Trump loses because this deal makes the shutdown look meaningless. It also exposes him to the wrath of conservatives who are both unhappy with the deal itself and infuriated by the massive overreach the national emergency declaration represents.

The only possible way for him to make it out of this mess with chances still intact for a reelection win are if three very specific things happen:

  1. He has to get a good chunk of the wall built before the election.
  2. Crime and illegal immigration numbers must go down before the election.
  3. Somehow, the negative components of this deal cannot come back to haunt him, though that seems unlikely at this point because the negatives are so numerous and utterly horrendous.

But the worst loss of all for the President is that it will be very hard for him to spin the use of a national emergency and creative appropriations to build a wall when he said literally hundreds of times that Mexico was going to pay for it. Yes, this catchy line helped him win the primaries and possibly even the general election, but it’s turning into such an inaccurate campaign promise that it can’t even be called a broken promise anymore. At this point, it appears to be a bald-faced campaign lie.

Most of all, the American people lose, This will be demonstrated on so many levels over the next couple of years that it will be hard to keep track of every instance that this bill makes us less safe, wastes our money, steals from our prosperity potential, and undercuts our sovereignty.

I’ll let Twitter explain this even further:

And the winner is…

Drug cartels, criminal illegal immigrants, and anyone willing and able to take advantage of Washington DC’s stupidity are the only winners from the border omnibus deal. National emergency declarations cannot take away from how bad this is. In fact, it may make it worse.

 


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