The 266,000 nonwhite invaders arrested inside the US over the last two years committed more than 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and more than 4,000 murders—a crisis which President Donald Trump is fully justified in calling an emergency and drawing up alternative plans to build a border all after Congress refused to protect Americans.
In terms of an announcement from the White House today, President Trump has ordered Executive Action to “stop the national security and humanitarian crisis” at the US’s Southern Border.
The statement said that President Trump would be “using his legal authority to take Executive action to secure additional resources, just as he promised. In part, he is declaring a national emergency that makes available additional troops and funding for military construction.
“Including funding in Homeland Security appropriations, the Administration has so far identified up to $8.1 billion that will be available to build the border wall once a national emergency is declared and additional funds have been reprogrammed, including:
About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund
Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities (Title 10 United States Code, section 284)
Up to $3.6 billion reallocated from Department of Defense military construction projects under the President’s declaration of a national emergency (Title 10 United States Code, section 2808).”
These funding sources will be used sequentially and as needed, the White House statement continued.
The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to create a prioritized list of segments and a work plan for the remainder of FY 2019 and beyond.
New projects could include: new levee wall, new and replacement primary pedestrian barrier, new vehicle-to-pedestrian barrier, and new secondary barrier.
With regard to the declaration of a national emergency, the statement said, Trump would be “”using his clear authority to declare a national emergency as allowed under the National Emergencies Act.”
Since 1976, presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies, and most of the previously declared national emergencies have been continually renewed and are still in effect, after being continually renewed.
In addition, the statement continued, multiple Governors have declared states of emergency along the border in the past. Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who became President Obama’s DHS Secretary, declared a state of emergency along the border in 2005.
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson also declared a state of emergency at the border in 2005, while former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both directed the use of the military to assist DHS in securing and managing the Southern Border.
“Former President Bush declared a national emergency in 2001, which invoked reprogramming authority granted by Title 10 United States Code, section 2808, and both he and former President Obama used that authority a total of 18 times to fund projects between 2001 and 2014,” the statement pointed out.
With regard to the nature of the crisis, the statement said that immigration officers have made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens in the last two fiscal years, and that this “includes aliens charged or convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings.”
In addition, “tons of deadly drugs have flooded across the border and into our communities, taking countless American lives. Methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl all flow across our Southern Border and destroy our communities. More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017 alone.
“Human traffickers exploit our borders to traffic young girls and women into our country and sell them into prostitution and slavery.
“Massive caravans of migrants view our unsecure border as a way to gain illegal entry into our country and take advantage of our nonsensical immigration loopholes,” the statement added.
Democratic Party vows to overturn Trump’s emergency declaration would require supermajorities in both the House and the Senate—an unlikely turn of events, so the most likely route they will follow is to tie up Trump’s order with legal challenges in the courts.