OUR VIEW: Trump’s Massive Double Standard On Executive Authority.
President Trump falls short of what many capitalize on: hypocrisy.
His declaration for a national emergency to free up federal and military funds in order to begin construction of a border wall on the southern border is petty and highly negligible. Although the necessity for a wall is exceedingly important and necessary, this hands Trump and his administration a loss that will be felt throughout his potential base.
The legal barrier behind the declaration is confusing, as Presidents are granted authority to announce states of emergencies, as said in the National Emergencies Act of 1976. Fortunate enough for President Trump, there is no specific definition to identify what is or isn’t a national emergency. In doing so, however, this will leave the GOP with no option but to either support it or divide the party and oppose its measures.
Moreover, the President has dug himself a deep enough hole that will desecrate his opportunity to reach out to moderate voters for the 2020 presidential election. The text of the Military Construction Codification Act gives the Secretary of Defense, now Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, full authority in allocating military funds “that requires use of the armed forces” and “to undertake military construction projects … that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces” when there is a proclaimed national emergency.
Yet again, this double standard on Trump’s behalf has limited the chance to double down on the Democrats various contradictory stances. Constitutional Republicans should be livid about the President’s executive abuse, which is indicative on how President Obama bypassed Congress on multiple occasions.
Whether that be DACA, the Chrysler Bailout, Obamacare, or Net Neutrality, the extreme exploitation and clear misuse of what is truly the meaning of the separation of powers is disappointing to those who voted for Trump after eight years of executive overreach.
In fact, President Trump went as far as to call out then-President Obama on Twitter in 2014 for “subverting the Constitution for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress.”
But it’s not all bad news for the President. After his announcement on Friday morning, supporters of his and big social media influencers expressed their advocacy for his decision, which gained retweets and likes across the social media stream.
All in all, the facts are there. Illegal immigration in the United States is on track to have the worst year since 2007, the year that fences across the southern border were being built. The number of families apprehended is up 290% and the need for a wall is becoming increasingly noticeable.
The wall must be built and it must be built soon. In spite of that, illegal immigration has become a detriment to the American public and, as thousands upon thousands of law abiding citizens are killed by illegal aliens, sometimes deported multiple times. Congress has put this issue off and ignored it as some radical Democrats call for the abolishment of ICE and call for these aliens to stay.
It is a national emergency. Just don’t abuse your executive authority, President Trump.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.