President Donald Trump has said that he may use the President’s “Executive Emergency Powers” to build a wall if the Democrats and Republicans cannot reach a suitable solution to the problem. The President is requesting that Congress allocate $5.7 billion to build the border wall.
A Whitehouse spokesperson said “There is a process in which the president wants to exhaust all options, primarily doing what we feel is the best one, which is a legislative fix. But if Congress doesn’t do their job, then the president will be forced to make up for all of their shortcomings.” A table setting out the President’s Executive Emergency Powers indicates that the President could declare a national emergency to build the wall.
Opponents argue that the building of the wall is not an emergency and that the President does not have the power to do so. However, The Brennan Center, building on previous research, has identified 123 statutory powers that may become available to the president when de declares a national emergency, including two that might offer some legal cover for his wall-building ambitions (10 U.S.C. 2808 (a) and 33 U.S.C. 2293 on our list below). An additional 13 statutory powers become available when a national emergency is declared by Congress.”
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We hope that a compromise between the Democrats and the President can be reached. Indeed, the President should not shut down the government again. If no deal is made, Trump should seriously consider the emergency option.
However, the President does face possible obstacles in his own party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “reportedly warned President Trump this week that declaring a national emergency to build his U.S.–Mexico border wall could create a rift in the GOP conference,” The Hill reports.
The Washington Post reported Friday that McConnell told Trump the Senate could pass a resolution disapproving the emergency declaration.
As we have previously said, a “smart wall” should be erected. The use of drones and pressure plates and other technological devices would compliment a strong wall.