Trump’s emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America – Here’s why

Fox News | 2/15/2019 | Kayleigh McEnany
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The need for a border wall should be debated in Congress, argues Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

President Trump took bold and decisive action in the best interests of the American people when he declared a national emergency Friday to enable construction of a badly needed barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to stymie human trafficking, drug trafficking and criminal crossings.

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The president’s move is a dramatic contrast to the radical position of Democrats supporting open borders and the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a vital law enforcement organization that protects our national security.

“We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away – wars that we should have never been in in many cases, but don’t control our own border,” the president said in announcing his action.

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“We are going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border” the president added in remarks from the White House Rose Garden on Friday, citing the urgent need to respond to “an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people” on the border.

Any fair-minded legal scholar or commentator would agree that, “Yes, The President Can Declare A ‘National Emergency’ To Build A Wall,” as a headline on a news story on the NPR website stated earlier this year.

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Citing Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, the article notes: “Congress chose not to put any substantial – or really any – barriers on the president’s ability to declare a national emergency.”

President Trump’s emergency declaration Friday is not only lawful and constitutional – it is painfully necessary.

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Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, giving the President vast powers in the event of a national emergency, in 1976.

Since then, Democratic Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – along with Republican Presidents George W....
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