President Trump has every right to invoke the National Emergency Act of 1976, but he contradicted himself to how important this actually emergency is.
Most of America that sat or stood around a television set watching the Commander-in-chief declare a National Emergency at the southern border to build a wall barrier in specific places to help prevent illegal immigration, drug smugglers and child trafficking.
President Trump has given Democrats close to two months to work out a deal to get $5.7 billion for the wall. According to the border experts on the ground, that’s what they needed/requested, but the Democrats felt they knew more and President Trump signed the trillion dollar spending bill that only allocated $1.3 billion to the wall.
When Trump was speaking, he might have hurt his cause with six words.
“I didn’t need to do this,” Trump said from the Rose Garden, “but I’d rather do it much faster.”
The next sound was lawyers across the country frantically adding Trump’s words to lawsuits to stop the president’s action. “Whatever a national emergency may be, that’s not it,” Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal said. “That quote is going right in the lawsuit.”
And there was little doubt about how prominent it should be. “That’s plaintiffs’ Exhibit A,” said Elizabeth Goitein, a national security expert at the Brennan Center. “Consider putting this on page 1,” Supreme Court litigator Deepak Gupta tweeted to any lawyers crafting petitions.
“This quote should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon,” said conservative appellate lawyer George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.
And Omar Jadwat, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has called the emergency declaration an abuse of presidential power, tweeted: “keep talking mr president.”
Excerpt via Roll Call
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