Our National Emergency

February 16, 2019

As expected, President Trump signed the compromise Congressional spending deal to keep the government open, despite it containing less than $1.4 billion for border walls, about a quarter as much as he requested, enough for only 55 miles of fencing.  Also, despite warnings that the bill was filled with other things that didn’t deserve funding, along with poison pills designed to tie his hands and block him from taking action on his own.  For instance, dictating that the 55 miles of fencing can only be built in counties controlled by Democrats who will be given the power to veto it.  Why not just build a giant “Welcome” mat instead? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/senate-just-passed-omnibus-bill-full-provisions-dems-salivating/

Immediately afterward, Trump made good on his threat to declare border security a national emergency due to violent criminals, massive caravans and drugs coming into the US illegally, and he announced that he would build the border barrier with funding from other sources.  The money includes $3.6 billion from the military construction fund, $2.5 billion from a Department of Defense drug interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund.  Here is the declaration in full:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-southern-border-united-states/

Trump said he expects his opponents to challenge it, and of course, they immediately did. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-predicts-will-sued-border-security-case-will-make-scotus/

Democratic politicians, blue states and activist groups all announced that they would sue to block his emergency declaration in federal court or propose bills to limit his power to declare emergencies.

https://www.westernjournal.com/aoc-says-taking-action-stop-trumps-national-emergency-declaration/

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430251-california-to-sue-trump-over-border-wall-emergency-declaration


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(A word on the latter: First, those bills would likely be unconstitutional.  Second, they would never make it through the GOP Senate.  Third, it’s ironic that the same critics who talk about what a terrible precedent Trump’s emergency declaration sets aren’t worried about the precedent they would set by impeding the President’s power to act quickly in a national emergency.  There is a reason that the Founders gave the Chief Executive, the only office holder elected by the entire nation, the power to act swiftly and unilaterally in case of national emergencies.  They realized that if every emergency required waiting around for months as squabbling partisans debated what to do, we’d all be dead before they agreed on a decision.)

Trump also said he expects his critics to go crying to the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, even though the issue doesn’t belong there, and for that court and the next appeal to go against him, but he hoped the Supreme Court would overrule them, as they often do.  Who knows how long that process is going to take?  This is another great example of why the Founders gave the power to deal with emergencies to the President, not the courts (and back then, we didn’t even have all those layers of federal judges with delusions of grandeur to work through.)

His opponents will argue that the violent crime, drugs, economic harm and threat of infiltration by terrorists represented by open borders are just a made-up crisis and Trump won’t be able to make the case that it’s really an emergency – even though national invasion is the very definition of an emergency requiring swift action, certainly more so than climate change, government health care or the other issues liberals think are national emergencies.  And there are still 31 presidentially-declared national emergencies still in effect, stretching back 20 or so years, and Democrats haven't challenged any of them.

I’d love to hear Democrats explain why they voted to fund border walls for years up until Trump became President, then walls suddenly became “immoral,” even deadly.  “Beto” O’Rourke went even further and called for taking down the walls we have now because he claims they “force” people to go to more dangerous areas to enter the US illegally (by the way, that’s a tacit admission that walls work to stop people from crossing the border.  It’s also worth mentioning that there were security fences at his rally to denounce the use of physical barriers for security.)

In sort, Trump’s opponents have no rational arguments for changing their minds about border walls other than they’re now channeling Groucho Marx and singing, “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It” whenever Trump speaks. 

One unforced error that his opponents will try to exploit is Trump’s side remark that “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”  They’ll try to claim that’s an admission that it’s not really an emergency.  But it could also be interpreted to mean that he could have taken longer to get the funding for the wall, but it was so important it had to be done faster, which fits the definition of an emergency.  This is the type of hair-splitting that you don’t want to have to argue over in front of a succession of judges for months on end when there’s an emergency to deal with.

 

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  • Rick Bonham

    02/17/2019 03:32 PM

    We should be finding ways to work together instead of fighting over who is right.

    The links to real factual proof that Illegals and open borders are poisoning America right now. These news stories are since the 1st of the year 2019 and apparently the Democrat Party endorses this. I support the President in his effort to secure the borders and curtail this poisoning of our people!

    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/
    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/

    http://www.times-standard.com/previously-deported-mexican-national-arrested-after-2-pounds-of-meth-found-dtf-reports

    http://www.times-standard.com/drug-task-force-seizes-six-pounds-of-heroin-arrest-one

  • Joseph

    02/17/2019 03:25 PM

    first of all democrats don't worry about anything because they are above laws so they don't have to follow them. Laws in this country are only for the law abiding and Republicans. Their Messiah broke just about every law this country has and their very own Media's covered it up or at least minimized it. What we have on the left is the Democratic Socialist Party or better known in the thirties an fourties as the Nazi Party . That isn't my opinion it is our History, you know the history the left has been systematically been erasing for years. I also know this because I was born in the middle of WWII.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    02/17/2019 02:58 PM

    President Trump has a "pen and a phone" too! The 1976 National Emergency Act (written and passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress) gives him the power to do what he's doing.

  • Shirlene Montgomery

    02/17/2019 02:42 PM

    Wonder why no one has picked up on the fact that Georgia just had another Meth Lab bust which was huge! Located in an affluent neighborhood in Milton, they arrested 7, all Mexican Cartel illegals, who were turning the liquid meth that is brought across the back into solid, saleable. This is, I believe, the 6th meth lab bust in Georgia in a pretty short period of time. I live in Georgia, and even here the news was pretty quiet about this. Maybe because Stacy Abrams wanted to make our state a Sanctuary state and allow illegals to vote?!!!

  • Patrick Canan

    02/17/2019 01:05 PM

    As a conservative, I do not believe that the Founders gave emergency powers to the President, any more than they gave the President the ability to declare war. In fact, it seems to me that the whole structure of the Constitution is to restrict the power of government until there is broad agreement across both the legislative and executive branches. The Founders were justifiably concerned about the emergence of an imperial presidency, but starting in the mid 20th century, it was Congress that granted emergency powers when speed was required. In Friday's rose garden speech, President Trump himself acknowledged that he did not need to do this now. Aren't we, as conservatives, united in our opposition to the growth of presidential power?

  • Sandy Ronecker

    02/17/2019 12:42 PM

    I'm 75 and I hate to admit this, but here it goes: Because of Donald Trump I have learned for the first time the extent that so many politicians will go to in order to keep their jobs, and I'm speaking here of mostly the Democrat party -- and not caring what it does to our beloved country that my Norwegian great grandfathers helped build. And by the way, they came here LEGALLY! How disappointed our ancestors would be at this time in history. I'm not sure how all of you much closer to the situation keep your sanity! I have considered joining the Quakers and let all this nonsense be a thing of my past. And by the way - at the age of 16 I dressed up as a cannibal for a Halloween party and now I have to worry about being asked to resign from the human race because I'm racist? God Bless you! Keep up the good work.

  • connie

    02/17/2019 12:36 PM

    dem will do anything to try and stop our great President. also takes away from the truths about Hilary and Obama. God Bless America

  • Mark Fletcher

    02/17/2019 12:31 PM

    Thank you Mike for your rational and logical discussion of this subject. I just don't understand how the left continues to put politics above we the people as citizens and the issue of border security, and people blindly follow. And the more that this stalls out in public discussion, the more people try to cross. Feel helpless to do anything, but will continue to pray and hope that intelligent thought prevails. I believe the wall will finally be built.

  • Daniel R Puckett

    02/17/2019 12:27 PM

    Thank you for your insight.

  • allen yarbrough

    02/17/2019 12:17 PM

    I am 80 years old and never have I seen anything as stupid as these liberals and the things are doing and are trying to do. Thanks to Mr Trump and people like you Gov maybe common sense will prevail we are in trouble if it don't. God Bless the President and you Sir

  • Bill Byrd

    02/17/2019 12:01 PM

    Can we all agree to refer to this O'rourke guy by his NAME-Robert Francis? Actually, would be better if we all just stopped mentioning these leftwing nuts continuously.

  • Richard Oldenburg

    02/17/2019 11:50 AM

    I believe it is time to abandon the 9th circuit & build the wall. Being recently from Deming NM. I know it's needed! That along with voter ID.

  • David Stahl

    02/17/2019 11:15 AM

    Didn’t take time to read the links you included but I like and agree with what you wrote. My main concern is over spending/debt but the wall is necessary. Taking money from other areas may be a better solution than adding money to the already bloated, unsustainable budget. (I gave $85 of my own money to the Gofundme build the wall campaign.)

  • Jean Digerness

    02/17/2019 11:03 AM

    Beto uses the word immoral very loosely “immoral” ! They are the people who need to look up the contrast between the two. Ignorance seems to be blooming in the house. God help th m, HE knows what it means!

  • Emmitt Luttrell

    02/17/2019 11:01 AM

    Why don't someone check the sealed records from the El Chapo trial? I heard he gave all of the names of those he gave money to, so they would do everything they could to keep the border open. I heard he gave Hillary 15 million for her Presidental campaign and Pelosi, Schiff and Schumer were also of record of money he was giving to. It is criminal to keep those records closed.

  • Donna K Roberson

    02/17/2019 10:42 AM

    It is anything Trump is for the Democrats are against,time for term limits in house and senate,and no lifetime salary let them liver as taxpayers do.Cut all freebies if you are not citizen of USA. The list of improvements is long. A fellow Arkansan

  • Sandra Shoun

    02/17/2019 10:39 AM

    Why doesn't a Republican develop a simple chart showing the number of drugs, murders, children without relatives, identified terrorists, etc. who have or are attempting to cross our border in the last 2 years or so? Dems have charts showing the opposite. There has to be real data that show the border is a crisis. Very important to show in a chart with actual data for all to see in a simplified format.

  • Bruce Deming

    02/17/2019 10:36 AM

    Here's a link to a statement made by Pres. Trump after signing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-by-the-president-28/
    Below is a brief summary:
    These phrases below imply that Trump plans on following his constitutional rights no matter what he signed in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2019.
    “My Administration will treat each of these provisions consistent with the President’s constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations.”
    And
    “my Administration will continue the practice of treating provisions like these as advisory and non-binding.”
    And
    “My Administration will make appropriate efforts to notify the relevant committees before taking the specified actions and will accord the recommendations of such committees all appropriate and serious consideration, but it will not treat spending decisions as dependent on the approval of congressional committees.”

  • Elaine Humphrey

    02/17/2019 10:35 AM

    Why did he sign this bill without using a line item veto?

  • Patricia Condelli

    02/17/2019 10:34 AM

    When you get in sparring matches over the necessity of the border wall I wish you would point out one big falsehood those who object are telling.

    They claim that "experts" say 90% of illegal drugs come into our country through legal points of entry. The factual truth is that 90% is 90% of what has been confiscated - not 90% of what got in here.

    No one knows how much illegal drugs have gotten into this country either at points of entry or through the open border. That 90% talking point is based on a false premise. And no reporter nor any Republican calls them on this. I was trained as a real reporter. My first question would be: exactly how many drugs are actually present in this country? And the answer would be - we don't know. No one knows. You can't count what you don't know.

    There is no one keeping tabs on the number of pounds or pills or the amount of powder that gets in. If there is such a counter - please tell us and then we can just go get it all before it kills Americans. But they don't know how many pounds or pills or powder got in.

    When you hear someone say 90% comes through legal points of entry - you know that is a false representation of facts. What they mean to say is that 90% of what has been confiscated we found at the legal points of entry. Are they just assuming that those who come through the open border are only bringing in a minuscule amount?

    This 90% claim is bogus and I want to know why it seems that I am the only person on earth who can figure this out. I have never heard one reporter or Republican call them out on this and I listen to the news basically all day long. Before you can claim 90% of all drugs you must know exactly how much ALL is.....not how much you confiscated. It is only reasonable that you would find more at the legal points of entry since you can search for it there. When it comes across the open border who exactly is looking for it? Not every illegal who comes through the open border is apprehended. Most just walk, run or drive right in and no one stops them since a handful of border agents can't patrol a 2,000 mile open border.

    Or is there some big "drug detector" in the sky that keeps track of all the drugs whether we confiscate them or not? "Ohhh look - see that illegal thug crossing the border with no one to stop him - he has two pounds of fentanyl in his shoe. Better count those 2 pounds." Give me a break.

    Yet every single person opposed to building the wall spouts this stupid 90% number. Ask them - 90% of what number exactly? They can only answer 90% of what has been found. They don't know how much hasn't been found and they don't really care. Most of the folks who spout this 90% number most likely are getting money under the table from the Mexican cartels. They do not want to stop drug trafficking. They do not want to stop trafficking women and children. It is too lucrative for they themselves and they don't have to worry because most of them live behind walls - unlike the rest of us who can't afford to build walls around our homes.

    The next time you hear someone say 90% of all drugs are stopped at legal points of entry simply ask them....90% of what number.

  • Tom Derry

    02/17/2019 10:30 AM

    Thank you for supporting our President.

  • Anne Marie Omweg

    02/17/2019 10:19 AM

    Listened to Dave Janda on Greg Hunter today...really helpful. Important note: Trump signed the National Emergency first, then this disastrous bill, now law. Presidential advisors who pushed him to sign (who are they?) were wrong in dissuading him from a veto. Vetoing the bill would have given lawmakers time to actually real the 1000 pages of this 5000 page bill (think Obamacare), and put the onus on the Republicans, with the clear observation of MAGAs, to step up and make important changes to the bill. I continue strongly supporting President Trump, but I think whoever these wrong advisors are should go.

  • Mark Rothrock

    02/17/2019 10:18 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I would like to hear your thoughts on the “child talisman” in the spending bill. It terrifies me that it appears to allow any illegal alien sponsor or potential sponsor of a “migrant” child to be made immune from deportation, even if they are the worst of criminals.

  • Arlene Rasile

    02/17/2019 09:48 AM

    Question, if the President has funding from other sources, he should just instruct all parties to get out there and start building the walls. I don't believe too many democrats actually go out to the boarders to see what is happening so while they waste the court's time, everything could already be in motion. The President should defy the court system and build the wall.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/17/2019 09:15 AM

    Natl Emergency:
    Id declare Martial Law in the worst sections of US Mex border.
    OK vigilantes for patrols?
    Counter sue Dems, allies
    Seize assets.
    IRS raids on Dems.
    OK armed citizenry in border states.
    Militarize the whole border.
    Use history as guide IE Obama, Clinton etc.
    Only Militarize the worst sections even after wire has gone up IF needed.
    Expand Legal immigration.
    Change work Visas.
    More can be done

Our National Emergency

February 16, 2019

As expected, President Trump signed the compromise Congressional spending deal to keep the government open, despite it containing less than $1.4 billion for border walls, about a quarter as much as he requested, enough for only 55 miles of fencing.  Also, despite warnings that the bill was filled with other things that didn’t deserve funding, along with poison pills designed to tie his hands and block him from taking action on his own.  For instance, dictating that the 55 miles of fencing can only be built in counties controlled by Democrats who will be given the power to veto it.  Why not just build a giant “Welcome” mat instead? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/senate-just-passed-omnibus-bill-full-provisions-dems-salivating/

Immediately afterward, Trump made good on his threat to declare border security a national emergency due to violent criminals, massive caravans and drugs coming into the US illegally, and he announced that he would build the border barrier with funding from other sources.  The money includes $3.6 billion from the military construction fund, $2.5 billion from a Department of Defense drug interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund.  Here is the declaration in full:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-southern-border-united-states/

Trump said he expects his opponents to challenge it, and of course, they immediately did. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-predicts-will-sued-border-security-case-will-make-scotus/

Democratic politicians, blue states and activist groups all announced that they would sue to block his emergency declaration in federal court or propose bills to limit his power to declare emergencies.

https://www.westernjournal.com/aoc-says-taking-action-stop-trumps-national-emergency-declaration/

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430251-california-to-sue-trump-over-border-wall-emergency-declaration


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(A word on the latter: First, those bills would likely be unconstitutional.  Second, they would never make it through the GOP Senate.  Third, it’s ironic that the same critics who talk about what a terrible precedent Trump’s emergency declaration sets aren’t worried about the precedent they would set by impeding the President’s power to act quickly in a national emergency.  There is a reason that the Founders gave the Chief Executive, the only office holder elected by the entire nation, the power to act swiftly and unilaterally in case of national emergencies.  They realized that if every emergency required waiting around for months as squabbling partisans debated what to do, we’d all be dead before they agreed on a decision.)

Trump also said he expects his critics to go crying to the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, even though the issue doesn’t belong there, and for that court and the next appeal to go against him, but he hoped the Supreme Court would overrule them, as they often do.  Who knows how long that process is going to take?  This is another great example of why the Founders gave the power to deal with emergencies to the President, not the courts (and back then, we didn’t even have all those layers of federal judges with delusions of grandeur to work through.)

His opponents will argue that the violent crime, drugs, economic harm and threat of infiltration by terrorists represented by open borders are just a made-up crisis and Trump won’t be able to make the case that it’s really an emergency – even though national invasion is the very definition of an emergency requiring swift action, certainly more so than climate change, government health care or the other issues liberals think are national emergencies.  And there are still 31 presidentially-declared national emergencies still in effect, stretching back 20 or so years, and Democrats haven't challenged any of them.

I’d love to hear Democrats explain why they voted to fund border walls for years up until Trump became President, then walls suddenly became “immoral,” even deadly.  “Beto” O’Rourke went even further and called for taking down the walls we have now because he claims they “force” people to go to more dangerous areas to enter the US illegally (by the way, that’s a tacit admission that walls work to stop people from crossing the border.  It’s also worth mentioning that there were security fences at his rally to denounce the use of physical barriers for security.)

In sort, Trump’s opponents have no rational arguments for changing their minds about border walls other than they’re now channeling Groucho Marx and singing, “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It” whenever Trump speaks. 

One unforced error that his opponents will try to exploit is Trump’s side remark that “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”  They’ll try to claim that’s an admission that it’s not really an emergency.  But it could also be interpreted to mean that he could have taken longer to get the funding for the wall, but it was so important it had to be done faster, which fits the definition of an emergency.  This is the type of hair-splitting that you don’t want to have to argue over in front of a succession of judges for months on end when there’s an emergency to deal with.

 

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  • Rick Bonham

    02/17/2019 03:32 PM

    We should be finding ways to work together instead of fighting over who is right.

    The links to real factual proof that Illegals and open borders are poisoning America right now. These news stories are since the 1st of the year 2019 and apparently the Democrat Party endorses this. I support the President in his effort to secure the borders and curtail this poisoning of our people!

    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/
    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/

    http://www.times-standard.com/previously-deported-mexican-national-arrested-after-2-pounds-of-meth-found-dtf-reports

    http://www.times-standard.com/drug-task-force-seizes-six-pounds-of-heroin-arrest-one

  • Joseph

    02/17/2019 03:25 PM

    first of all democrats don't worry about anything because they are above laws so they don't have to follow them. Laws in this country are only for the law abiding and Republicans. Their Messiah broke just about every law this country has and their very own Media's covered it up or at least minimized it. What we have on the left is the Democratic Socialist Party or better known in the thirties an fourties as the Nazi Party . That isn't my opinion it is our History, you know the history the left has been systematically been erasing for years. I also know this because I was born in the middle of WWII.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    02/17/2019 02:58 PM

    President Trump has a "pen and a phone" too! The 1976 National Emergency Act (written and passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress) gives him the power to do what he's doing.

  • Shirlene Montgomery

    02/17/2019 02:42 PM

    Wonder why no one has picked up on the fact that Georgia just had another Meth Lab bust which was huge! Located in an affluent neighborhood in Milton, they arrested 7, all Mexican Cartel illegals, who were turning the liquid meth that is brought across the back into solid, saleable. This is, I believe, the 6th meth lab bust in Georgia in a pretty short period of time. I live in Georgia, and even here the news was pretty quiet about this. Maybe because Stacy Abrams wanted to make our state a Sanctuary state and allow illegals to vote?!!!

  • Patrick Canan

    02/17/2019 01:05 PM

    As a conservative, I do not believe that the Founders gave emergency powers to the President, any more than they gave the President the ability to declare war. In fact, it seems to me that the whole structure of the Constitution is to restrict the power of government until there is broad agreement across both the legislative and executive branches. The Founders were justifiably concerned about the emergence of an imperial presidency, but starting in the mid 20th century, it was Congress that granted emergency powers when speed was required. In Friday's rose garden speech, President Trump himself acknowledged that he did not need to do this now. Aren't we, as conservatives, united in our opposition to the growth of presidential power?

  • Sandy Ronecker

    02/17/2019 12:42 PM

    I'm 75 and I hate to admit this, but here it goes: Because of Donald Trump I have learned for the first time the extent that so many politicians will go to in order to keep their jobs, and I'm speaking here of mostly the Democrat party -- and not caring what it does to our beloved country that my Norwegian great grandfathers helped build. And by the way, they came here LEGALLY! How disappointed our ancestors would be at this time in history. I'm not sure how all of you much closer to the situation keep your sanity! I have considered joining the Quakers and let all this nonsense be a thing of my past. And by the way - at the age of 16 I dressed up as a cannibal for a Halloween party and now I have to worry about being asked to resign from the human race because I'm racist? God Bless you! Keep up the good work.

  • connie

    02/17/2019 12:36 PM

    dem will do anything to try and stop our great President. also takes away from the truths about Hilary and Obama. God Bless America

  • Mark Fletcher

    02/17/2019 12:31 PM

    Thank you Mike for your rational and logical discussion of this subject. I just don't understand how the left continues to put politics above we the people as citizens and the issue of border security, and people blindly follow. And the more that this stalls out in public discussion, the more people try to cross. Feel helpless to do anything, but will continue to pray and hope that intelligent thought prevails. I believe the wall will finally be built.

  • Daniel R Puckett

    02/17/2019 12:27 PM

    Thank you for your insight.

  • allen yarbrough

    02/17/2019 12:17 PM

    I am 80 years old and never have I seen anything as stupid as these liberals and the things are doing and are trying to do. Thanks to Mr Trump and people like you Gov maybe common sense will prevail we are in trouble if it don't. God Bless the President and you Sir

  • Bill Byrd

    02/17/2019 12:01 PM

    Can we all agree to refer to this O'rourke guy by his NAME-Robert Francis? Actually, would be better if we all just stopped mentioning these leftwing nuts continuously.

  • Richard Oldenburg

    02/17/2019 11:50 AM

    I believe it is time to abandon the 9th circuit & build the wall. Being recently from Deming NM. I know it's needed! That along with voter ID.

  • David Stahl

    02/17/2019 11:15 AM

    Didn’t take time to read the links you included but I like and agree with what you wrote. My main concern is over spending/debt but the wall is necessary. Taking money from other areas may be a better solution than adding money to the already bloated, unsustainable budget. (I gave $85 of my own money to the Gofundme build the wall campaign.)

  • Jean Digerness

    02/17/2019 11:03 AM

    Beto uses the word immoral very loosely “immoral” ! They are the people who need to look up the contrast between the two. Ignorance seems to be blooming in the house. God help th m, HE knows what it means!

  • Emmitt Luttrell

    02/17/2019 11:01 AM

    Why don't someone check the sealed records from the El Chapo trial? I heard he gave all of the names of those he gave money to, so they would do everything they could to keep the border open. I heard he gave Hillary 15 million for her Presidental campaign and Pelosi, Schiff and Schumer were also of record of money he was giving to. It is criminal to keep those records closed.

  • Donna K Roberson

    02/17/2019 10:42 AM

    It is anything Trump is for the Democrats are against,time for term limits in house and senate,and no lifetime salary let them liver as taxpayers do.Cut all freebies if you are not citizen of USA. The list of improvements is long. A fellow Arkansan

  • Sandra Shoun

    02/17/2019 10:39 AM

    Why doesn't a Republican develop a simple chart showing the number of drugs, murders, children without relatives, identified terrorists, etc. who have or are attempting to cross our border in the last 2 years or so? Dems have charts showing the opposite. There has to be real data that show the border is a crisis. Very important to show in a chart with actual data for all to see in a simplified format.

  • Bruce Deming

    02/17/2019 10:36 AM

    Here's a link to a statement made by Pres. Trump after signing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-by-the-president-28/
    Below is a brief summary:
    These phrases below imply that Trump plans on following his constitutional rights no matter what he signed in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2019.
    “My Administration will treat each of these provisions consistent with the President’s constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations.”
    And
    “my Administration will continue the practice of treating provisions like these as advisory and non-binding.”
    And
    “My Administration will make appropriate efforts to notify the relevant committees before taking the specified actions and will accord the recommendations of such committees all appropriate and serious consideration, but it will not treat spending decisions as dependent on the approval of congressional committees.”

  • Elaine Humphrey

    02/17/2019 10:35 AM

    Why did he sign this bill without using a line item veto?

  • Patricia Condelli

    02/17/2019 10:34 AM

    When you get in sparring matches over the necessity of the border wall I wish you would point out one big falsehood those who object are telling.

    They claim that "experts" say 90% of illegal drugs come into our country through legal points of entry. The factual truth is that 90% is 90% of what has been confiscated - not 90% of what got in here.

    No one knows how much illegal drugs have gotten into this country either at points of entry or through the open border. That 90% talking point is based on a false premise. And no reporter nor any Republican calls them on this. I was trained as a real reporter. My first question would be: exactly how many drugs are actually present in this country? And the answer would be - we don't know. No one knows. You can't count what you don't know.

    There is no one keeping tabs on the number of pounds or pills or the amount of powder that gets in. If there is such a counter - please tell us and then we can just go get it all before it kills Americans. But they don't know how many pounds or pills or powder got in.

    When you hear someone say 90% comes through legal points of entry - you know that is a false representation of facts. What they mean to say is that 90% of what has been confiscated we found at the legal points of entry. Are they just assuming that those who come through the open border are only bringing in a minuscule amount?

    This 90% claim is bogus and I want to know why it seems that I am the only person on earth who can figure this out. I have never heard one reporter or Republican call them out on this and I listen to the news basically all day long. Before you can claim 90% of all drugs you must know exactly how much ALL is.....not how much you confiscated. It is only reasonable that you would find more at the legal points of entry since you can search for it there. When it comes across the open border who exactly is looking for it? Not every illegal who comes through the open border is apprehended. Most just walk, run or drive right in and no one stops them since a handful of border agents can't patrol a 2,000 mile open border.

    Or is there some big "drug detector" in the sky that keeps track of all the drugs whether we confiscate them or not? "Ohhh look - see that illegal thug crossing the border with no one to stop him - he has two pounds of fentanyl in his shoe. Better count those 2 pounds." Give me a break.

    Yet every single person opposed to building the wall spouts this stupid 90% number. Ask them - 90% of what number exactly? They can only answer 90% of what has been found. They don't know how much hasn't been found and they don't really care. Most of the folks who spout this 90% number most likely are getting money under the table from the Mexican cartels. They do not want to stop drug trafficking. They do not want to stop trafficking women and children. It is too lucrative for they themselves and they don't have to worry because most of them live behind walls - unlike the rest of us who can't afford to build walls around our homes.

    The next time you hear someone say 90% of all drugs are stopped at legal points of entry simply ask them....90% of what number.

  • Tom Derry

    02/17/2019 10:30 AM

    Thank you for supporting our President.

  • Anne Marie Omweg

    02/17/2019 10:19 AM

    Listened to Dave Janda on Greg Hunter today...really helpful. Important note: Trump signed the National Emergency first, then this disastrous bill, now law. Presidential advisors who pushed him to sign (who are they?) were wrong in dissuading him from a veto. Vetoing the bill would have given lawmakers time to actually real the 1000 pages of this 5000 page bill (think Obamacare), and put the onus on the Republicans, with the clear observation of MAGAs, to step up and make important changes to the bill. I continue strongly supporting President Trump, but I think whoever these wrong advisors are should go.

  • Mark Rothrock

    02/17/2019 10:18 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I would like to hear your thoughts on the “child talisman” in the spending bill. It terrifies me that it appears to allow any illegal alien sponsor or potential sponsor of a “migrant” child to be made immune from deportation, even if they are the worst of criminals.

  • Arlene Rasile

    02/17/2019 09:48 AM

    Question, if the President has funding from other sources, he should just instruct all parties to get out there and start building the walls. I don't believe too many democrats actually go out to the boarders to see what is happening so while they waste the court's time, everything could already be in motion. The President should defy the court system and build the wall.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/17/2019 09:15 AM

    Natl Emergency:
    Id declare Martial Law in the worst sections of US Mex border.
    OK vigilantes for patrols?
    Counter sue Dems, allies
    Seize assets.
    IRS raids on Dems.
    OK armed citizenry in border states.
    Militarize the whole border.
    Use history as guide IE Obama, Clinton etc.
    Only Militarize the worst sections even after wire has gone up IF needed.
    Expand Legal immigration.
    Change work Visas.
    More can be done

Our National Emergency

February 16, 2019

As expected, President Trump signed the compromise Congressional spending deal to keep the government open, despite it containing less than $1.4 billion for border walls, about a quarter as much as he requested, enough for only 55 miles of fencing.  Also, despite warnings that the bill was filled with other things that didn’t deserve funding, along with poison pills designed to tie his hands and block him from taking action on his own.  For instance, dictating that the 55 miles of fencing can only be built in counties controlled by Democrats who will be given the power to veto it.  Why not just build a giant “Welcome” mat instead? 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/senate-just-passed-omnibus-bill-full-provisions-dems-salivating/

Immediately afterward, Trump made good on his threat to declare border security a national emergency due to violent criminals, massive caravans and drugs coming into the US illegally, and he announced that he would build the border barrier with funding from other sources.  The money includes $3.6 billion from the military construction fund, $2.5 billion from a Department of Defense drug interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund.  Here is the declaration in full:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-southern-border-united-states/

Trump said he expects his opponents to challenge it, and of course, they immediately did. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-predicts-will-sued-border-security-case-will-make-scotus/

Democratic politicians, blue states and activist groups all announced that they would sue to block his emergency declaration in federal court or propose bills to limit his power to declare emergencies.

https://www.westernjournal.com/aoc-says-taking-action-stop-trumps-national-emergency-declaration/

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430251-california-to-sue-trump-over-border-wall-emergency-declaration


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(A word on the latter: First, those bills would likely be unconstitutional.  Second, they would never make it through the GOP Senate.  Third, it’s ironic that the same critics who talk about what a terrible precedent Trump’s emergency declaration sets aren’t worried about the precedent they would set by impeding the President’s power to act quickly in a national emergency.  There is a reason that the Founders gave the Chief Executive, the only office holder elected by the entire nation, the power to act swiftly and unilaterally in case of national emergencies.  They realized that if every emergency required waiting around for months as squabbling partisans debated what to do, we’d all be dead before they agreed on a decision.)

Trump also said he expects his critics to go crying to the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, even though the issue doesn’t belong there, and for that court and the next appeal to go against him, but he hoped the Supreme Court would overrule them, as they often do.  Who knows how long that process is going to take?  This is another great example of why the Founders gave the power to deal with emergencies to the President, not the courts (and back then, we didn’t even have all those layers of federal judges with delusions of grandeur to work through.)

His opponents will argue that the violent crime, drugs, economic harm and threat of infiltration by terrorists represented by open borders are just a made-up crisis and Trump won’t be able to make the case that it’s really an emergency – even though national invasion is the very definition of an emergency requiring swift action, certainly more so than climate change, government health care or the other issues liberals think are national emergencies.  And there are still 31 presidentially-declared national emergencies still in effect, stretching back 20 or so years, and Democrats haven't challenged any of them.

I’d love to hear Democrats explain why they voted to fund border walls for years up until Trump became President, then walls suddenly became “immoral,” even deadly.  “Beto” O’Rourke went even further and called for taking down the walls we have now because he claims they “force” people to go to more dangerous areas to enter the US illegally (by the way, that’s a tacit admission that walls work to stop people from crossing the border.  It’s also worth mentioning that there were security fences at his rally to denounce the use of physical barriers for security.)

In sort, Trump’s opponents have no rational arguments for changing their minds about border walls other than they’re now channeling Groucho Marx and singing, “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It” whenever Trump speaks. 

One unforced error that his opponents will try to exploit is Trump’s side remark that “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”  They’ll try to claim that’s an admission that it’s not really an emergency.  But it could also be interpreted to mean that he could have taken longer to get the funding for the wall, but it was so important it had to be done faster, which fits the definition of an emergency.  This is the type of hair-splitting that you don’t want to have to argue over in front of a succession of judges for months on end when there’s an emergency to deal with.

 

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  • Rick Bonham

    02/17/2019 03:32 PM

    We should be finding ways to work together instead of fighting over who is right.

    The links to real factual proof that Illegals and open borders are poisoning America right now. These news stories are since the 1st of the year 2019 and apparently the Democrat Party endorses this. I support the President in his effort to secure the borders and curtail this poisoning of our people!

    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/
    https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2019/feb/11/two-arrested-during-largest-one-time-seizure-heroi/

    http://www.times-standard.com/previously-deported-mexican-national-arrested-after-2-pounds-of-meth-found-dtf-reports

    http://www.times-standard.com/drug-task-force-seizes-six-pounds-of-heroin-arrest-one

  • Joseph

    02/17/2019 03:25 PM

    first of all democrats don't worry about anything because they are above laws so they don't have to follow them. Laws in this country are only for the law abiding and Republicans. Their Messiah broke just about every law this country has and their very own Media's covered it up or at least minimized it. What we have on the left is the Democratic Socialist Party or better known in the thirties an fourties as the Nazi Party . That isn't my opinion it is our History, you know the history the left has been systematically been erasing for years. I also know this because I was born in the middle of WWII.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    02/17/2019 02:58 PM

    President Trump has a "pen and a phone" too! The 1976 National Emergency Act (written and passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress) gives him the power to do what he's doing.

  • Shirlene Montgomery

    02/17/2019 02:42 PM

    Wonder why no one has picked up on the fact that Georgia just had another Meth Lab bust which was huge! Located in an affluent neighborhood in Milton, they arrested 7, all Mexican Cartel illegals, who were turning the liquid meth that is brought across the back into solid, saleable. This is, I believe, the 6th meth lab bust in Georgia in a pretty short period of time. I live in Georgia, and even here the news was pretty quiet about this. Maybe because Stacy Abrams wanted to make our state a Sanctuary state and allow illegals to vote?!!!

  • Patrick Canan

    02/17/2019 01:05 PM

    As a conservative, I do not believe that the Founders gave emergency powers to the President, any more than they gave the President the ability to declare war. In fact, it seems to me that the whole structure of the Constitution is to restrict the power of government until there is broad agreement across both the legislative and executive branches. The Founders were justifiably concerned about the emergence of an imperial presidency, but starting in the mid 20th century, it was Congress that granted emergency powers when speed was required. In Friday's rose garden speech, President Trump himself acknowledged that he did not need to do this now. Aren't we, as conservatives, united in our opposition to the growth of presidential power?

  • Sandy Ronecker

    02/17/2019 12:42 PM

    I'm 75 and I hate to admit this, but here it goes: Because of Donald Trump I have learned for the first time the extent that so many politicians will go to in order to keep their jobs, and I'm speaking here of mostly the Democrat party -- and not caring what it does to our beloved country that my Norwegian great grandfathers helped build. And by the way, they came here LEGALLY! How disappointed our ancestors would be at this time in history. I'm not sure how all of you much closer to the situation keep your sanity! I have considered joining the Quakers and let all this nonsense be a thing of my past. And by the way - at the age of 16 I dressed up as a cannibal for a Halloween party and now I have to worry about being asked to resign from the human race because I'm racist? God Bless you! Keep up the good work.

  • connie

    02/17/2019 12:36 PM

    dem will do anything to try and stop our great President. also takes away from the truths about Hilary and Obama. God Bless America

  • Mark Fletcher

    02/17/2019 12:31 PM

    Thank you Mike for your rational and logical discussion of this subject. I just don't understand how the left continues to put politics above we the people as citizens and the issue of border security, and people blindly follow. And the more that this stalls out in public discussion, the more people try to cross. Feel helpless to do anything, but will continue to pray and hope that intelligent thought prevails. I believe the wall will finally be built.

  • Daniel R Puckett

    02/17/2019 12:27 PM

    Thank you for your insight.

  • allen yarbrough

    02/17/2019 12:17 PM

    I am 80 years old and never have I seen anything as stupid as these liberals and the things are doing and are trying to do. Thanks to Mr Trump and people like you Gov maybe common sense will prevail we are in trouble if it don't. God Bless the President and you Sir

  • Bill Byrd

    02/17/2019 12:01 PM

    Can we all agree to refer to this O'rourke guy by his NAME-Robert Francis? Actually, would be better if we all just stopped mentioning these leftwing nuts continuously.

  • Richard Oldenburg

    02/17/2019 11:50 AM

    I believe it is time to abandon the 9th circuit & build the wall. Being recently from Deming NM. I know it's needed! That along with voter ID.

  • David Stahl

    02/17/2019 11:15 AM

    Didn’t take time to read the links you included but I like and agree with what you wrote. My main concern is over spending/debt but the wall is necessary. Taking money from other areas may be a better solution than adding money to the already bloated, unsustainable budget. (I gave $85 of my own money to the Gofundme build the wall campaign.)

  • Jean Digerness

    02/17/2019 11:03 AM

    Beto uses the word immoral very loosely “immoral” ! They are the people who need to look up the contrast between the two. Ignorance seems to be blooming in the house. God help th m, HE knows what it means!

  • Emmitt Luttrell

    02/17/2019 11:01 AM

    Why don't someone check the sealed records from the El Chapo trial? I heard he gave all of the names of those he gave money to, so they would do everything they could to keep the border open. I heard he gave Hillary 15 million for her Presidental campaign and Pelosi, Schiff and Schumer were also of record of money he was giving to. It is criminal to keep those records closed.

  • Donna K Roberson

    02/17/2019 10:42 AM

    It is anything Trump is for the Democrats are against,time for term limits in house and senate,and no lifetime salary let them liver as taxpayers do.Cut all freebies if you are not citizen of USA. The list of improvements is long. A fellow Arkansan

  • Sandra Shoun

    02/17/2019 10:39 AM

    Why doesn't a Republican develop a simple chart showing the number of drugs, murders, children without relatives, identified terrorists, etc. who have or are attempting to cross our border in the last 2 years or so? Dems have charts showing the opposite. There has to be real data that show the border is a crisis. Very important to show in a chart with actual data for all to see in a simplified format.

  • Bruce Deming

    02/17/2019 10:36 AM

    Here's a link to a statement made by Pres. Trump after signing the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-by-the-president-28/
    Below is a brief summary:
    These phrases below imply that Trump plans on following his constitutional rights no matter what he signed in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2019.
    “My Administration will treat each of these provisions consistent with the President’s constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations.”
    And
    “my Administration will continue the practice of treating provisions like these as advisory and non-binding.”
    And
    “My Administration will make appropriate efforts to notify the relevant committees before taking the specified actions and will accord the recommendations of such committees all appropriate and serious consideration, but it will not treat spending decisions as dependent on the approval of congressional committees.”

  • Elaine Humphrey

    02/17/2019 10:35 AM

    Why did he sign this bill without using a line item veto?

  • Patricia Condelli

    02/17/2019 10:34 AM

    When you get in sparring matches over the necessity of the border wall I wish you would point out one big falsehood those who object are telling.

    They claim that "experts" say 90% of illegal drugs come into our country through legal points of entry. The factual truth is that 90% is 90% of what has been confiscated - not 90% of what got in here.

    No one knows how much illegal drugs have gotten into this country either at points of entry or through the open border. That 90% talking point is based on a false premise. And no reporter nor any Republican calls them on this. I was trained as a real reporter. My first question would be: exactly how many drugs are actually present in this country? And the answer would be - we don't know. No one knows. You can't count what you don't know.

    There is no one keeping tabs on the number of pounds or pills or the amount of powder that gets in. If there is such a counter - please tell us and then we can just go get it all before it kills Americans. But they don't know how many pounds or pills or powder got in.

    When you hear someone say 90% comes through legal points of entry - you know that is a false representation of facts. What they mean to say is that 90% of what has been confiscated we found at the legal points of entry. Are they just assuming that those who come through the open border are only bringing in a minuscule amount?

    This 90% claim is bogus and I want to know why it seems that I am the only person on earth who can figure this out. I have never heard one reporter or Republican call them out on this and I listen to the news basically all day long. Before you can claim 90% of all drugs you must know exactly how much ALL is.....not how much you confiscated. It is only reasonable that you would find more at the legal points of entry since you can search for it there. When it comes across the open border who exactly is looking for it? Not every illegal who comes through the open border is apprehended. Most just walk, run or drive right in and no one stops them since a handful of border agents can't patrol a 2,000 mile open border.

    Or is there some big "drug detector" in the sky that keeps track of all the drugs whether we confiscate them or not? "Ohhh look - see that illegal thug crossing the border with no one to stop him - he has two pounds of fentanyl in his shoe. Better count those 2 pounds." Give me a break.

    Yet every single person opposed to building the wall spouts this stupid 90% number. Ask them - 90% of what number exactly? They can only answer 90% of what has been found. They don't know how much hasn't been found and they don't really care. Most of the folks who spout this 90% number most likely are getting money under the table from the Mexican cartels. They do not want to stop drug trafficking. They do not want to stop trafficking women and children. It is too lucrative for they themselves and they don't have to worry because most of them live behind walls - unlike the rest of us who can't afford to build walls around our homes.

    The next time you hear someone say 90% of all drugs are stopped at legal points of entry simply ask them....90% of what number.

  • Tom Derry

    02/17/2019 10:30 AM

    Thank you for supporting our President.

  • Anne Marie Omweg

    02/17/2019 10:19 AM

    Listened to Dave Janda on Greg Hunter today...really helpful. Important note: Trump signed the National Emergency first, then this disastrous bill, now law. Presidential advisors who pushed him to sign (who are they?) were wrong in dissuading him from a veto. Vetoing the bill would have given lawmakers time to actually real the 1000 pages of this 5000 page bill (think Obamacare), and put the onus on the Republicans, with the clear observation of MAGAs, to step up and make important changes to the bill. I continue strongly supporting President Trump, but I think whoever these wrong advisors are should go.

  • Mark Rothrock

    02/17/2019 10:18 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I would like to hear your thoughts on the “child talisman” in the spending bill. It terrifies me that it appears to allow any illegal alien sponsor or potential sponsor of a “migrant” child to be made immune from deportation, even if they are the worst of criminals.

  • Arlene Rasile

    02/17/2019 09:48 AM

    Question, if the President has funding from other sources, he should just instruct all parties to get out there and start building the walls. I don't believe too many democrats actually go out to the boarders to see what is happening so while they waste the court's time, everything could already be in motion. The President should defy the court system and build the wall.

  • Stephen Russell

    02/17/2019 09:15 AM

    Natl Emergency:
    Id declare Martial Law in the worst sections of US Mex border.
    OK vigilantes for patrols?
    Counter sue Dems, allies
    Seize assets.
    IRS raids on Dems.
    OK armed citizenry in border states.
    Militarize the whole border.
    Use history as guide IE Obama, Clinton etc.
    Only Militarize the worst sections even after wire has gone up IF needed.
    Expand Legal immigration.
    Change work Visas.
    More can be done