Although the left is going ballistic over President Trump’s assertion that he will declare a national emergency to build a wall on our southern border if congress fails to act, the ability to do so is not a new construct emanating from the Trump White House.
The National Emergencies Act was enacted by Congress in 1976, when it was signed into law by President Gerald Ford. It has no specific definition of what is considered an emergency, but has historically been invoked during unusual threats to the nation. There have been 58 national emergencies declared since the act‘s inception. Thirty-one of them remain in effect today.
In 1979, Pres. Jimmy Carter initially put the act to use to declare a national emergency freezing all Iranian government assets in the U.S. in response to the Iran hostage crisis. His national emergency is still in place and has been renewed annually by successive presidents, as required by law.
Pres. George W. Bush declared national emergency acts following the September 11, 2001 attacks. In all, he declared 13. As president, Barack Obama declared national emergencies on 12 foreign relations issues that have also been renewed.
Appearing Friday night with Tucker Carlson, U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) Douglas Macgregor makes the case that President Trump has the Constitutional power, the authority and duty to declare a national emergency on our southern border and craft an Executive Order to delineate precisely what the army must do to appropriately repel invaders. We are already flooded with an estimated 30 million illegal aliens who cost American taxpayers $billions to educate, medicate and, in too many instances, adjudicate and incarcerate. Estimates are they incur nearly $20 billion annually in Medicaid costs, alone.
The Army Corps of Engineers is specifically trained to do the job, having secured other nation’s borders. They, not the national guard, need to get to work on the wall, a task that is not incompatible with the Corps’ broad mission.
Col. Macgregor provides an in-depth assessment of Mexico’s long standing hostility towards the United States. The informative interview is compelling. Take five minutes to watch it. It’s well worth your time.