A National Emergency
The President announced today a National Emergency. To obtain access to Eight billion dollars to build barriers between the United States and it's southern border. This act will allow him to redirect funds to build a border wall without congressional authorization. Shortly before signing a hotly contested 1196 page bill that was presented to him the day before with limited time to read.
Portions of the bill that are controversial:
Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied" minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC. However, current law as reported by The Blaze, "Central American teenagers are only treated as refugees if they are A) a victim of “a severe form of trafficking" and B) have no relatives in the country. Yet almost all of them are self-trafficked by these very illegal relatives who are indeed present in the country." This portion of the bill appears to give those trafficking children free access to the United States, essentially "giving amnesty to the very people paying the cartels to invade us!"
The president made it abundantly clear that his administration was working on ending human trafficking, drug trafficking and allowing terrorists into the United States.
Many democrats who do not approve of the Presidents action, have called this act unconstitutional, as CNN reported, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the move an "unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist," in a joint statement and warned that "Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution."
However, there have been several state of emergency actions that have taken affect over the years. This would be President Trump 4th state of Emergency action to take effect. According to the Brennan Center for Justice there are currently 31 emergency actions that are currently in effect from previous administrations.
Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas made claim that if Trump was going to use the border to create a national emergency then he would stop it. He is quoted as saying, "I'm prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President's emergency declaration."
Those questioning the authority of his actions should read the National Emergencies act of 1976. This act gives the president full authority to declare a national emergency.
Whether Congress approves or not of the presidents authority to declare a national emergency he is well within his rights of the executive office to declare one. We shall see the what the coming weeks have to offer.
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