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

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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wootendw
wootendw

The ladder video does more to promote the wall (or make it higher) than convince viewers not to build it.

jwwill1957
jwwill1957

This is a political payoff for someone, this multi-billion boondoggle will have unGodly cost overruns and in the end illegals will be tunnel experts...

Sechel
Sechel

The idea that Trump was going to declare a national emergency is a bust. press got worried about an hour ago when cameras set up by the white house but apparently its just to announce the gov't reopening. the public relations side of this has just been as bad as it can get for the president, epsecially these last 24-48 hours

ML1
ML1

Roosevelt made a reservation in 1907 for Federal government to use 60 feet at the border in California and New Mexico and Arizona so in those States there is no issue with acquiring the land and no need to use eminent domain and the wall can be just built on the 60 feet at the border thanks to Roosevelt reservation.

Where there is a border on the river or a natural obstacle the Roosevelt reservation reserved 60 feet at the border from the bank of the river or end of the natural obstacle.

The only issue with acquiring land is in Texas but even there Army, Federal wildlife refuges, and Government and State of Texas own lots of land on the border and in those places a wall can be constructed quickly.

Also some private landowners are volunteering their land and that can also be used quickly to build a wall.

Rest of the land can be got through use of the Emergency declaration and eminent domain and only take enough land to build the wall on the border so no mass land grabs are needed.

30 feet on the border should be enough for a wall and 60 feet if you want a road next to the wall for maintenance and border patrol surveillance.

The wall can also be built at the border and where the border is the river the wall can be built on the banks of the border so need for mass land grabs.

RonJ
RonJ

Why are American workers being replaced by imported H1B visa workers?

"In 2018, for example, U.S.-based companies asked for visas to import 138 editors, 88 producers, 221 writers, six publishers, and 347 graphic designers, according to the MyVisaJobs.com website."

"In 2017, companies asked for temporary visas to import 222 editors, 95 producers, 237 writers, ten publishers, and 556 graphic designers, mostly for jobs in New York and California, according to the MyVisaJobs.com site."

There certainly are Americans available to do these jobs. No need to import foreigners.