The short answer: all three. President Trump should assume the worst, that Congress is not going to go give him much if any money in the future to apply to his border wall. Therefore, it’s time to start working with what he has available to him and push down every avenue.
That means accepting the continuing resolution being offered by Congress. While the exact details haven’t been made public, it appears that there will be around $1.3 billion made available for “border barriers.” Assuming that doesn’t place restrictions on what can be built (we don’t need to spend money on Nancy Pelosi’s worthless “Normandy barriers“), then there’s room to get wall construction going.
It also means he needs to immediately invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 with nearly a billion dollars available to have the military start building the wall in areas designated by law enforcement to be most vulnerable to drug trafficking and organized crime. We’ve been pushing for this for a month now, and even though it should have been done back then before or during the government shutdown, now is better than never.
Finally, the President should declare a national emergency and start using that portion of the U.S. Code to start building the wall as soon as it clears legal and bureaucratic hurdles. Yes, there will be major hurdles, which is why we’ve been opposed to it as the primary method through which the President gets the wall built. But if he does it in conjunction with the CR and 10 U.S.C. 284, those two things can be building the wall while his national emergency makes its way though the courts.
Democrats are fighting as dirty as possible in their quest to open the borders completely. It’s time for President Trump to do the same thing. Which way should he go? All three. It can’t hurt to get the wall going on three different fronts. It’s going to happen.