True to his “get ‘er done” style of both business and politics, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to use the power of his office to build a border wall or barrier on the southern border despite resistance from Congress.
“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border … one way or the other, we have to do it,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.
The president is signing this declaration, as well as the continuing resolution negotiated by Congress, into law after weeks of fact checking arguments over minute details of the crime problems at the southern border, and those coming through it in addition to the humanitarian crisis of people crossing the desert for a dream and being victimized for it.
This move is expected to provoke a reaction from opposition forces.
And in an almost-casual tone, the president predicted a legal fight that will wind up before the Supreme Court.
“We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued,” Trump said, adding that the federal appeals courts could well rule against his administration. “Then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake, and we’ll win at the Supreme Court — just like the [travel] ban.”
How does the administration plan to pay for the wall without Congress specifically passing a bill funding the project?
A senior administration official told Fox News that the White House plans to next move $8 billion in currently appropriated or available funds toward construction of the wall. Of that, $3 billion could be diverted with help from the emergency declaration.
That money includes about $600 million from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture fund. That money has been described as “easy money” that the White House can use however it wants. The White House is also expected to use drug interdiction money from the Department of Defense.
But by declaring an emergency, Trump would also seek to unlock money from the Defense Department’s military construction budget as well, to the tune of $3.5 billion.
This, of course, will spark another legal battle. However, the opposition should remember that Donald Trump is not one to just jump into the fire feet first. He and his team will have made sure this particular approach is perfectly legal.
That is not going to stop the attempts to thwart the fulfillment of yet another campaign promise Trump made to the American people. Finally, we have someone in Washington who is going to do something about the sieve that is fostering an invasion, drug, and human trafficking and Heaven knows what else.