Trump Should Declare a National Emergency
It’s the only way the border wall will ever be built
Jeffrey T. Kuhner
President Trump must declare a national emergency on our southern border. He has no
choice—and neither does America.
For weeks, a partial government shutdown has dragged on with no end in sight. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer refuse to give Trump the $5.7 billion necessary to begin constructing a wall/steel fence along much of the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, Pelosi and Schumer have openly taunted and insulted the president. They have called him a “petulant child” who likes to throw “temper tantrums.” At a Wednesday meeting, Pelosi waved a one-dollar bill in front of Trump’s face, saying this is all the money for the wall he will ever get from the House Democrats. Pelosi and Schumer have vowed to block Trump from enacting his signature campaign promise.
This is a political death struggle. Hence, compromise is impossible; Democrats
believe they can now break Trump’s presidency by shattering his credibility on
Moreover, radical Democrats and their media allies keep repeating their seminal talking
point: That our porous southern border is a “manufactured crisis.” They are
lying. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, during the past two
years illegal aliens have been arrested for over 4,000 homicides, 30,000 sexual
assaults or rapes and 100,000 physical assaults. More than 90 percent of the
heroin and fentanyl pouring into our country comes across the southern border.
Last year alone, the opioid epidemic claimed the lives of 57,000 Americans.
This is as many who died during the entire Vietnam War. Our border crisis is
the equivalent of Vietnam every year—a war liberals argue was one of the
greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Also, illegal immigration
costs America $250-300 billion a year in education, welfare, health care and
public housing costs. If this is not a “crisis,” then nothing is.
In fact, we are facing not just a border crisis, but an invasion. Since the early
1990s, illegal immigrants have flooded our country, displacing millions of
American workers, draining our social welfare services, causing soaring violent
crime, encouraging human and sex trafficking, and empowering the Mexican drug
cartels to rampage across the southern border.
There is only one thing that can stop this invasion: a wall. Since Hadrian, history
has proven that walls work. They work in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait and
Hungary. And they have shown to work here. As Karl Rove (of all people)
demonstrated in The Wall Street Journal, illegal crossings in San Diego
went down 92 percent since a wall was erected in 1995; in El Paso, Texas,
illegal traffic dropped 95 percent following a wall being built in 1996; in
Tucson, Arizona, illegal crossings plummeted 90 percent since the sector wall
went up in 2003; and in Yuma, Arizona the sector wall established in 2008
caused illegal crossings to drop 95 percent. The reason Democrats and globalist
Republicans don’t want Trump to build a wall along much of the border is
because it will finally fix the problem—and thereby ending the unlimited supply
of cheap labor (and votes) demanded by the donor class.
This is why Trump should declare a national emergency, take the money from the
Pentagon budget and order the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on
the steel fence/wall. If Congress will not allocate him the billions in
funding, then he can—and must—do it himself. He has the full legal and
constitutional authority to do so. The 1976 National Emergencies Act, passed by
Congress, gives the president the statutory power to not only declare a
national emergency. It also explicitly authorizes him to order the military to
build construction projects the president deems to be in the nation’s vital
interest. Countless presidents—George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W.
Bush—have used it for hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes (even when there
was no loss of life). Barack Obama invoked it to combat—I kid you not—the swine
Yet, at the time Democrats and the media did not wring their hands over a possible
constitutional overreach. The reason is obvious: They fear Trump will finally
achieve his central promise. The swamp would be defeated. And this would
guarantee his re-election in 2020.
Mr. President, what are you waiting for? Pull the trigger. Middle America is
-Jeffrey T. Kuhner is host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO
AM-680 in Boston. His daily show airs from 6:00-10:00 am EST. He can be reached