Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

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As a rule I am opposed to presidents declaring national emergencies to sidestep the normal way our government is supposed to work.  However, since the National Emergencies Act was enacted in 1976, Presidents have declared 59 national emergencies.  We are living under 31 of these national emergencies currently.  Remember these facts when Trump is attacked as a dictator in the days to come, as he will be.  The problem isn’t Trump but a willingness by Congress to abdicate its functions to the Executive.


Office of the Press Secretary
February 15, 2019


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The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch’s exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years. In particular, recent years have seen sharp increases in the number of family units entering and seeking entry to the United States and an inability to provide detention space for many of these aliens while their removal proceedings are pending. If not detained, such aliens are often released into the country and are often difficult to remove from the United States because they fail to appear for hearings, do not comply with orders of removal, or are otherwise difficult to locate. In response to the directive in my April 4, 2018, memorandum and subsequent requests for support by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense has provided support and resources to the Department of Homeland Security at the southern border. Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States, and that section 12302 of title 10, United States Code, is invoked and made available, according to its terms, to the Secretaries of the military departments concerned, subject to the direction of the Secretary of Defense in the case of the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. To provide additional authority to the Department of Defense to support the Federal Government’s response to the emergency at the southern border, I hereby declare that this emergency requires use of the Armed Forces and, in accordance with section 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1631), that the construction authority provided in section 2808 of title 10, United States Code, is invoked and made available, according to its terms, to the Secretary of Defense and, at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, to the Secretaries of the military departments. I hereby direct as follows:

Section 1. The Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of each relevant military department, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, shall order as many units or members of the Ready Reserve to active duty as the Secretary concerned, in the Secretary’s discretion, determines to be appropriate to assist and support the activities of the Secretary of Homeland Security at the southern border.

Sec. 2. The Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and, subject to the discretion of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the military departments, shall take all appropriate actions, consistent with applicable law, to use or support the use of the authorities herein invoked, including, if necessary, the transfer and acceptance of jurisdiction over border lands.

Sec. 3. This proclamation is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.




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  1. The problem isn’t Trump but a willingness by Congress to abdicate its functions to the Executive.

    Well, shucks, there’s only so much the liberals in both parties can get done through the courts alone. Sometimes they need to use the permanent bureaucracy too.

  2. I am livid that he is signing the “compromise” bill that Congress passed that limited the number of illegal aliens who can be held at one time to near the number we already have in custody, now. That guarantees that TONS of illegals will be released into our general population to prey on us, sex traffic the youngs one they brought with them, or do whatever else they wish in the continental US–never to be seen again by law enforcement.

  3. If I have written this let me say again that illegal invaders carry diseases not yet found in the US including drug resistant tuberculosis. Enclaves of un-vaccinated aliens hiding in sanctuary cities are a time bomb of unbelievable proportions that could only satisfy the population control mongers.
    Self defense is an innate human right.
    When polio was prevalent people quarantined themselves refraining from swimming, shopping and gathering in peaceable assembly. I remember people were terrified. No more. People think that our modern science can remedy everything. It can’t

  4. 134 cases of a polio related disease diagnosed in US.
    Dec 3, 2018 – Federal health officials said Monday that cases of the paralyzing, polio-like illness that was spiking in children in the United States this year appears to have peaked. In 2018, 134 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been confirmed in 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  5. Good for Trump. He had to at least give the building of the wall his best shot. And it’s a near certainty his action will be blocked by the courts. But that really doesn’t matter because he basically kept his promise and places the onus for not allowing it to go forward on the Democrats. Clearly a smart political move Democrats on the defensive like they are with full term abortion. Nancy P. just can’t help helping Trump.

  6. “134 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been confirmed in 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
    33 states is over half of the nation. Even if we count Guam and the other 56 states counted by Obama

  7. Mary-
    don’t forget the two kids dragged here by their parents who died, both after being cleared just hours earlier as having “just the flu” and not bad enough to stay in a hospital, at that.

    That was local to us.

    I was terrified to take the kids anywhere for the next week.

  8. We heard here in Australia that Trump was asking to use the hundreds of millions of dollars of drug money that was seized from El Chapo. A symbolic and practical gesture for why he is building the wall. I know hundreds of millions is still not enough to finish it, but it’s a very intelligent political move and it speaks volumes. Not sure if the story has any merit..?

  9. Mary De Voe, Thank you I appreciate all prayers. However, maybe you were thinking of Foxfier and her family who live near the border?
    The first story we heard up here was that the children died because of 2nd rate medical attention. The second story was that in one case the father denied his child water and food. He refused the offered medical help for his child because he was advised in the home country that a sick child would help his case for asylum. The US officials then forcibly took the child from his father and hospitalized the boy where he died. In an interview the mother in the home country stated that the boy was sick before leaving on the northward trek. The girl was diagnosed with the flu which developed into fatal meningitis.
    The wall is not immoral. What’s immoral are the traffickers who make false promises; bilk money from Central Americans and then abandon them. Also immoral are the Central American and Mexican governments, Nancy Pelosi and her compadres (that includes bishops) who enable illegal aliens. to break our laws. Once inside our country they live in a subculture where they are abused, extorted, and worse.

  10. Foxfier: Thank God you are OK. Prayers . Thank you Cam.
    Here is comment from Beverly at The Daily Signal:
    “federal epidemiologists reported that since opening the floodgates to migrants in 2015, data show ‘increased incidences … of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough.”
    a slow ticking time bomb

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