Trump Drafts Emergency Order for Wall Funding, 110 Migrants Scale Existing Wall

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Trump prepared a national emergency order that includes $7 billion for wall funding. It appears he will take that path.

A showdown with Congress appears on the horizon as White House Prepares Draft National Emergency Order that includes $7 billion for the wall.

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.

"The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency," a draft of a presidential proclamation reads.

"Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States," the draft adds.

According to options being considered, the administration could pull: $681 million from treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200 million in Department of Homeland Security funds, the official said.

If the declaration is made, the US Army Corps of Engineers would be deployed to construct the wall, some of which could be built on private property and would therefore require the administration to seize the land, which is permitted if it's for public use.

The draft document cites Title 10 of the US Code, which allows Trump to unlock a stash of Pentagon funds that are earmarked but have no signed contracts for spending that money. That would give the President authority to pull from military construction funds and civil works projects, like infrastructure repair projects.

Options under consideration conceded that acquiring private property would take time. Even if voluntary, the land could take up to a year to be acquired. Land condemnation cases are known to take time because property owners have the right to sue. A national emergency declaration would not speed that process up, a government official says.

Expect Lawsuits

  • Expect a lawsuit from Congress.
  • Expect a request for a temporary restraining order as the case makes its way through the courts.
  • Expect lawsuits from land owners who will fight this.

Israeli Wall

Trump touts the wall in Israel as proof walls work. Let's take a look.

Meanwhile, back in the US ....

$7 Billion Wall Meets $20 Ladder in Arizona

Over 100 migrants scaled that wall in Arizona.

Eight Flawed Designs

Please consider Eight Wall Prototypes, None Meet Operational Standards or Trump's Cost Estimate

I am sure one can make a wall design that is ladder proof.

But at what cost?

Think dollar terms but also think about property confiscation and alternatives.

And what about bomb proof? Bazooka proof?

Israel only needs a fence.

Why?

Because they will shoot anyone in that zone?

Death Wall Might Work

If you want to build a wall that works, make it a double wall each 6 feet tall, with 40 yards separating the walls.

Shoot anything with two legs that enters the zone. After a few deaths and huge public outcry, the illegal entries from Mexico would stop.

That is not a serious suggestion, I am merely stating a wall plan that would be cheaper and arguably work better.

How badly do we want to protect our borders?

Like Israel? Like the Berlin Wall after WWII?

Nothing else at reasonable cost may work.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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awc13
awc13

sigh. the big wall in israel that trump refers to isn't along the entire border. just in the areas that were popular for terrorists to cross. the rest is covered by various levels of fencing

shamrock
shamrock

Climate change, healthcare, income inequality, gun violence. All national emergencies now.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump was also on the phone with Mitch McConnell after more Republicans in the Senate voted for a Democratic bill to fund the government than a white house bill. Anything is possible but I think the more likely outcome is Trump caving on his wall, a deal is reached and Trump claiming some sort of victory even though nobody really buys it. Public support is just not there for any Trump initiative. If Trump goes the route of national emergency you can say good-by to 2020 for both Trump and the Republicans. The base is simply not the majority of the electorate.

Webej
Webej

More important than the wall is enforcing the law, drastic prosecution for employers who do not vet people with E-verify, no services or anchor babies, etc. It's like the drugs trade -- it's all about incentives, not interdiction. Interdicting drugs is simply tax-payer funded enforcement of a monopoly by the worst kind of thugs. Similiarly, the fact that nothing serious has been done about illegal immigration is because politically not everybody is on board ... enforcing existing statutes would have solved the incentives long ago.

ML1
ML1

That part of fence is not as high as the other bollard fencing that has been built in parts of the border under Trump to replace previous fencing.

I am sure the new wall/fence/barrier will be higher and more difficult to climb.

Also there was NO barbwire on that fence and hopefully all fences on the border will be topped with barbwire.

Furthermore there should be sensors and cameras put on the wall so that once one guy starts climbing the wall border patrol is alerted immediately so if people get through it should be 5-10 instead of 110.

Also USA should demand that Mexico also start patrolling their side of the border so that if they see migrants coming they arrest them on the Mexican side and in the event they are not spotted then US border patrol call will lead to Mexican government sending troops on the other side to arrest the 100 that did not get through and transport them to southern Mexico or back to their home countries.

This kind of co-operation should have been required already in the NAFTA replacement treaty. The NAFTA replacement treaty should have also required that Mexico does NOT let migrants travel through Mexico freely and instead stops caravans and migrant groups already at Mexico's southern border with border checks OR gives them an option to ask asylum from Mexico and deports them back home from Mexico if they do not ask for asylum in Mexico.

Currently Mexico is betraying USA by giving migrants even transit visas and allowing them to come through whole of Mexico.