The political battle over America’s southern border is heating up, and that means countless liberals are melting down.
Our U.S.-Mexico border has of course been a major issue since the run-up to the 2016 election, with then-candidate Donald Trump making it a key part of his campaign. Indeed, “Build The Wall” became a slogan and a promise, but completing that border pledge has proven to be easier said than done.
After requesting some $5.7 billion for the wall, the president met strong opposition from Democrats and even some Republicans. That, of course, led to the recent government shutdown and a stop-gap funding bill which kept paychecks flowing but fell far short of what Trump wanted.
The president’s solution — declaring an emergency in the border zone — send the left into a tizzy. Many Democrats and liberal pundits criticized that move as an over-reach and abuse of presidential power.
Fiery Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, announced that she and other leftists would fight Trump tooth and nail on this issue.
“(Texas Representative Joaquin Castro) and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight,” she said last week.
But the nay-sayers just got some bad news. Earlier this week, even left-leaning CNN was forced to admit that the Democrat’s attempts to challenge the border emergency declaration would likely fail in court.
“There will certainly be some judges who say, look, it is the executive branch’s decision how to define an emergency,” pointed out Jeffrey Toobin, the chief legal analyst for CNN.
“They (the Trump administration) will certainly come with arguments that say this is an emergency, and some judges will say, we just are not going to second guess the executive branch in this area,” he continued.
If the left’s plan is to rely on the court system, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court, to block Trump’s strategy of using emergency funding for the border, the legal expert had disappointing news: The president would likely prevail.
“Whether that’s five Supreme Court justices (siding with Trump), I don’t know. My guess is it probably is,” Toobin admitted.
“I think we are now in a moment, a conservative moment in our courts, where there is a lot of deference to the executive branch,” he explained. “So I think … this is not a slam dunk for either side, this legal case. But if I had to guess, I’d say the president is ultimately going to win.”
That may be a tough pill for the left to swallow, but the CNN analyst is right. The reality is that many presidents have used executive power to declare emergencies in the past, and there is a reasonable precedent for this administration to do the same.
In fact, some 30 national emergencies are currently in effect, declared by past presidents including Obama, Clinton and even Carter. It would be rather hypocritical for the same Democratic Party which has used such measures liberally in the past to balk at them now.
“(A)ll Trump has done is to take funds allocated by Congress for military construction and re-prioritized them,” pointed out conservative commentator Dick Morris in a recent Op-Ed piece for The Western Journal. “The president is not reversing any act of Congress, he is just re-allocating funds already appropriated to different projects.”
Once again, Trump seems to have out-maneuvered his critics. A lot could still happen in the next few months, but for now, the president appears to be on track for yet another win.
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