Until someone can explain why this isn’t a thing yet, I’m going to keep beating my drum. Given the events at the Lincoln Memorial, that’s probably a poor choice of analogies to use, but that story’s behind us. The wall is just ahead if people act.
As I’ve covered over the last couple of days, the United States Code gives the Secretary of Defense the power to support law enforcement against transnational drug smugglers and organized crime by building a barrier at the border.
Title 10: How border wall construction could start tomorrow without Congress or a national emergency
This would be a beautiful move for the President. Imagine how Democrats would look if they passed on his offer to extend DACA protections, only to have him rescind his offer and build the barrier anyway. They’ll look like stubborn fools who had an opportunity to make a trade and squandered that opportunity with nothing to show for it.
So far, only a handful of lawmakers have brought this up in public. Thankfully, House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows is one of them. He urged the President to make it happen.
Democrats have made it extremely clear this shutdown is all about opposing Trump for them. It’s time to pursue other options. 10 USC 274/284 would allow for fence construction without national emergency. Protect our communities, build the wall, and forget unreasonable Democrats.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 20, 2019
I went so far as to make a video on the topic. Yes, this is important to me because the government shutdown needs to end and we need a wall, badly. This seems to be the only way to make both things happen without disastrous consequences such as a bad deal over DACA or declaring a national emergency. Doing the latter will wrap the wall in so much red tape, we won’t see construction starting for months, possibly years.
This, on the other hand, could get the wall started tomorrow.
We can start building the wall immediately in the areas that need it most. We need everyone to start asking why 10 USC 284 isn’t on the table to end the shutdown and build the wall without a national emergency or DACA deal.