#1 Donald Trump Announces State of Emergency at the Border by algernonpj 15.02.2019 16:01


There's been a lot of back and forth about whether Trump ought to sign the bill. Here's what has happened.

Donald Trump Announces State of Emergency at the Border
15 Feb 2019

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency Friday to address the border crisis, allowing him to move outside of Congress to build border barriers.

“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our border,” Trump announced in the Rose Garden. “And we are going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it.”

Trump previewed the legal fight to declare the emergency, citing previous presidents using the designation.


“I’m going to be signing a national emergency, and it’s been signed many times before. … there’s rarely been a problem,” he said. “They sign it, and nobody cares.”

He said that the decision was “very simple” and would help stop the crisis at the border.

The president spoke without a teleprompter during the announcement in the free-flowing event and took questions from reporters about the border fight.

He did not sign the emergency declaration at the Rose Garden event or the bipartisan funding bill passed by the House and the Senate on Thursday.

Later Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared a photo of the president signing the emergency declaration on Twitter, but it is unclear whether he has signed the funding bill yet.

  • President @realDonaldTrump signs the Declaration for a National Emergency to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the Southern Border. pic.twitter.com/0bUhudtwvS

    — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 15, 2019

  • Trump expressed his frustration with Congress, who refused to address his demand for $5.6 billion in funding for physical barriers.

    He said that Democrats and local politicians who said that walls did not work were telling “lies,” again pointing to the physical barriers in El Paso that successfully protect Americans on the other side from traffickers, criminals, and illegal immigrants.

    “Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. It’s a lie. It’s a very big con game,” Trump said. “You don’t have to be very smart to know.”

    The state of emergency declaration allows the president to shift existing funds within the government to the border.

    He admitted he should have moved sooner to secure wall funding during his presidency, hinting at blaming Congress by condemning “people that should have stepped up” to help him get it done.

    Trump also said he was working with Mexican officials to break up “monstrous” caravans coming to the United States” and claimed that he had successfully stopped the previous caravan that tried to cross in Tijuana in 2018.

    “If we didn’t have the wall up and secured and strengthened, they would have walked right through,” Trump said. “They would be welcome to the United States.”

    Family members who lost loved ones to illegal immigrants committing crimes in the United States attended the event, as well as border patrol officials.

    Trump singled out several of them, asking that they show photos of their deceased loved ones to the press gathered at the White House.

    The president previewed a lengthy legal battle over the declaration but predicted that ultimately his administration would be successful in the Supreme Court.

    “I think that we will be very successful in court. I think it’s clear,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court upholding his travel ban.

    He berated Democrats for trying to obstruct funding for the wall, asserting that it was all political.

    “The only reason we are up here talking about this is because of the election because they want to try to win an election which it looks like they will not be able to do,” he said.

    Trump denied that his declaration would set a dangerous precedent for future presidents, noting that it had been done in the past for less important matters.

    White House officials spotted at the announcement included newly sworn-in Attorney General Bill Barr.

    “Please stand up, Bill,” Trump said. “Such an easy job he’s got. He has the easiest job in government. Thank you and congratulations.”


    #2 RE: Donald Trump Announces State of Emergency at the Border by Cincinnatus 15.02.2019 19:19


    I think it was Victor David Hanson who said the President should have merely stated Congress had failed to perform its primary duty to protect the American people, and since he had a pen and a phone he was going to remedy the error.

    I am somewhat amused by those who are claiming the President is acting outside the boundaries of the Constitution. It may be true but worrying about the Constitution is a first for most of his critics. Obama did it with nary a murmur of dissent.

    The q&a after his announcement was somewhat amusing given that the President clearly showed his disdain for NBC and Jim Acosta. I enjoyed it.

    #3 RE: Donald Trump Announces State of Emergency at the Border by algernonpj 15.02.2019 20:07


    If you link, here you can see all of Obama'a National Emergency Declarations. They are listed under Presidential Memoranda:


    Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States

    National Security & Defense

    Issued on: February 15, 2019

    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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