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Brian Fitzherbert

There is nothing unprecedented about President Trump’s National Emergency

In 1976, The National Emergencies Act was passed to formalize the 136 specific emergency powers of the President. The President can activate these special powers during a crisis, and Congress can reverse an emergency declaration with a joint resolution and the President’s signature, or a two thirds majority vote in both chambers. The act maintains that the executive and legislative branches remain equal, with the opportunity to move forward or reverse course, just as intended by the U.S. Constitution. However, the Democrats have chosen lawsuits to stop the declaration, because once again, they can’t win through a vote. Even when they applauded previous presidents for doing the same thing.

Remember, former President Obama said he had “a pen and a phone.” He activated numerous national emergencies to reallocate resources to fund operations after Congress refused to appropriate them.

Make no mistake, there is a crisis. Since 2000, the media have been saying there are 11-12 million illegal immigrants in our country already. It’s been nineteen years; they can’t keep using the same figure as daily crossings and organized caravans breach our borders. In turn, these unlawful migrants continue to overwhelm our schools, hospitals, and welfare programs, driving up costs for the rest of us on top of our already high taxes.

On February 15, 2019, President Trump activated his authority to declare a national emergency at the southern border of the United States to deal with the border security, unlawful migration, and humanitarian crisis that threatens the core national security interests. With this order, President Trump can redirect and reprogram billions of dollars to fund the construction of nearly 235 miles of border wall.

I never would’ve imagined to see a major political party fight so hard for foreign nationals over American citizens, for unsecured and open borders, and for defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who are simply doing their job to keep Americans safe.

Illegal crossing have fallen because President Trump is the metaphorical wall right now. But he’s not there forever.

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Brian Fitzherbert is a former Congressional Candidate in New Jersey’s Second District and the Chairman of the Atlantic County Young Republicans. AtlanticCountyYR@gmail.com

Updated March 1, 2019

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