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?

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:

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

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.

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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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  • Tommie Houser

    02/25/2019 12:05 PM

    As per Chairman L. Graham “This is our Red Line in the Sand”!! Act NOW !
    We must do what is necessary to save America & Can not allow Domestic and Foreign Enemies to Destroy America. NOW is The Time Historians will write of concerning Choices, And LACK of actions, concerning our Nation and it’s
    VERY Survival .
    It’s proven , factually that the FBI and Justice Department Was Weponized by the Obama Administration to steal an election and stop a duely Elected President of The United States. We must institute LAW bc of the Democrats Lawlessness And Crimes!
    Bypass Corrupt Courts and institute MARTIAL LAW NOW, to save America.
    No second chances on this one people! Cut the head of the SNAKE OFF and show Accountability for THEIR Treasonous Crimes NOW. George Sorus , Obama,Holder,
    Hillary , Sally Yates , Rob Rosenstein, THE dishonorable Political ARM of FBI and Justice, must be sent to Guantanamo for trial. Many obvious Crimes are so evident!!
    Their sworn duty was to protect and Serve America. Not protect and serve Illegals as “Americans Die” . Obviously ,The Democrats choice is so Wrong !
    **Everyone should see clearly that if Democrats allowed an important “Ambassador”, to be burned alive bc their corrupt priority was protect their party through lies and corruption-then EVERY American is Venerable and of less value to Democrats than Illegals ! Their new Voting Base ! !
    In a Third World Country that’s the way it is people . NO Freedom of speech or freedoms, NO, duely conducted elections in America will never occur again bc of Democrats ; NOT bc of Republicans.
    SAVE America, fight to Make America Great Again ! Please !! Save America please!

  • Vic Senefsky

    02/18/2019 09:36 PM

    Illegal immigrants commit thefts, murders, and flood our nation with deadly drugs, and still the liberals want to stop President Trump from keeping America safe. My honest opinion is Pelosi is afraid she will have nobody to pick her grapes if we stop illegals from gaining entrance into America. If she has to pay legitimate workers legitimate wages, she may go broke. No more cosmetic surgeries........

  • Carol Clark

    02/18/2019 04:46 PM

    Our President tries every way possible to negotiate. It’s hard to negotiate with bullies except to stand up to them. The socialist dems are going to lose big very soon.

  • Carol Clark

    02/18/2019 04:45 PM

    Our President tries every way possible to negotiate. It’s hard to negotiate with bullies except to stand up to them. The socialist dems are going to lose big very soon.

  • Dean Schaer

    02/18/2019 11:02 AM

    I agree whole heartedly with what you have said. What I would like to add is my concerns about those entering illegally bringing in who knows what types of diseases into our country. We have issues already with possible pendemics like eboli; but at least with legal entries we have a chance to take steps to control or stop the out break, because we know when, and where people enter. There are already out breaks of certain diseases (like pertussis, measles, etc.) amoung illegal populations here because they are not vaccinated. The issue of those individuals who were sick and died 'in custody' is just another example of individuals who are sick coming into the country - imagine if they were carrying a plague! It is truly imparitive that we get control of our border before it is too late!

  • Glenn Parker

    02/18/2019 09:06 AM

    The real national emergency and the greatest threat to our Republic is the Anti-American treacherous Democrats and the do-nothing-to-stop-the-Democrat-treachery Republicans in Congress. If they cared one whit about the security of our nation and the safety of the citizens of this great country, they would not hesitate to fund and build the wall......BUT THE TRAGEDY IS, THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US. It’s all about money, power, and votes to keep the money and power......and the hard-working, tax-paying American gets the shaft!......of course, this is the opinion of a bible-thumping, second-amendment-supporting, tax-paying, 66 year-old, demonized white what do I know?

  • Linda Keen

    02/18/2019 06:37 AM

    I am so thankful that Trump has signed for an emergency to build this wall or barrier whatever the Democrats want to call it. This wall could save the lives of many Americans from being murdered even members of the Democrats's family also. The Democrats are going to be against anything that Trump stands for because they are all like little children wanting their way all the time. No matter who gets hurt or killed they are not going to admit that Trump is right about anything. They cannot get over the fact that Trump won because they have so many evil policies that many Democrats voted for him instead of Hillary. I am still registered as a Democrat but as long as they stand for murdering little children and declaring laws that it is ok for two men or two women to get married which is against God's law, I will never vote for a Democrat again. They keep wanting to take guns away from the American people so that more people will be murdered. They tried this back in the 1800's during Wyatt Earp's time and it did not work and it will not work now. If they take the guns away from us, the law abiding citizens, how do they think that we can defend ourselves from the criminals that will always have guns. Also how do they think that the hunters can hunt for food or defend ourselves from wild animals. They want the guns and police to defend them and watch over them but the public does not matter. The way that our Police have been treated in America is a disgrace to the Human Race. Without them, the criminals could do anything they want to disobey any law they want to and murder or rape anyone that they want to any time they want to unless we have our guns to defend ourselves. May GOD bless America and Trump and all of the Lawmakers to do the best for the American People. Wish there was a law that when a politician thinks they are above the law like Bill & Hillary, Pelosis , Schumer, Waters and the newly elected women that need to go back to school, that they could be kicked out of office. I know that God is still in control and all we can do is pray and hope that more Democrats will see the destruction that is going on within our Country and will change their votes. No illegals should be allowed to vote in our Country and the politicians are trying to change this law to help the Democrats get by so they can steal the elections. They should all have to have photo ID's and also they should have to 3 ID's like I did to get my drivers license because they can buy a photo ID without any problem. I appreciate reading all of your letters because I have give up on listening to the news anymore. When we were growing up, anything that was on the news, you could bank your life on it that it was true. Now there are more fake news that it does not even pay to watch it any more. The Media should have to have facts and it be the Truth before they can put anything on the air about any person. Now a person can be accused of anything and everything and they are guilty according to the Media. This should not be allowed. My sister in law's brother stayed two years in jail accused of murder. They had no evidence at all. After they found the correct person and he was found guilty, they turned him loose. This took two years out of his life away from his family. The Media just wants a story, they do not care if it is true or false and they do not care who it hurts. The Media and reporters should be held responsible when they put a story out there and they find out it is false, they should have to retract their words and report an apology to all involved. So thankful that we have good people like you and Sarah that we can still have confidence in.

  • Pam Mikolyski

    02/18/2019 02:17 AM

    Presidential Trump needs to hold to his promise and build that wall.

  • Pam Mikolyski

    02/18/2019 02:16 AM

    Presidential Trump needs to hold to his promise and build that wall.

  • Kathryn J Rae

    02/18/2019 01:25 AM

    I try my best to keep an open mind. But, when it comes to our young kids losing their lives to opioids, human beings being kidnapped due to sex trafficking, murders, rapes, etc at the hands of ILLEGAL immigrants, I will NEVER be objective or open minded. Nancy and Chucky don't care because their families are protected. Their complete COLDNESS towards those poor Angel Mothers is pure evil! BUILD THE WALL. Nancy and Chucky should be sent to live in Venezuela for a few years without armed guards. Let's see how that works out. Sorry, Governor. I'm just so disgusted with these ungodly politicians on the left.

  • Tom Rutledge

    02/18/2019 12:41 AM

    Why not deploy our military engineers and have them build the wall. We could activate our National Guard and Reserve Engineers too; it would be great real world training and have each state contribute to building the wall.

    We pay our military whether they are building the wall or doing something else so let’s get it done.

  • Jerry Korba

    02/18/2019 12:04 AM

    Does any body out there know what drives the far left politicians? Who or what influences them? They do not want this country to grow they would like to see it decline. Why? Did Diane Feinstein have a man from China drive her around for 20 years did the Family do a lot of business with China did Diane get rich working with China? Oh yea she did. We have an enormous amount of business with China and China has an enormous interest in our tech industry. Is it possible they have interest on how the politicians want a society like China here in the United States? China's society is government run although they would like you to believe it has a bit of capitalism going for it elites live very nice in China they do not allow individuals to rise to be elites just like our far left wants to keep wages low continue to bring in people from the outside to do our menial work. Our Liberal Education for the last 25 years have not taught capitalism or much American History we have a population that thinks socialism or communism can really work. What or who is behind this thinking and what is financing this and why? Destroy America without firing a shot might come to mind. Support our President the far left hates America more than they Hate Trump they use President Trump for cover Look at China. They are the one that wants to dominate this world. People forget about your self you are ok for now if you love your children's children protect them now disregard the far left it has no interest in them.


    02/17/2019 11:06 PM

    He can compare the part of the bill which makes DHS hand over children to people who claim to be relatives to CNN's latest child indoctrination called Freedom Project. Just that part of the bill facilitates child trafficking. Freedom Project has a little boy in their ad saying he can just tell when someone is a slave. Just what we need in school - children bullying other children for supposedly acting like slaves (being obedient to authority maybe.). Another little girl, about six years old, maybe, like the boy, says, "Don't let people push you around." A sociologist showed that children will walk away with a stranger even though all of their mothers were sure they wouldn't. We don't need parents being afraid they'll be accused of enslaving their children, not letting them do exactly what they want to do. Poor parents in many parts of the world will give permission for a sexual offender to take their child, knowing what will happen but thinking there's no other solution. Blessings, Brother Mike.

  • Betty Gayheart

    02/17/2019 09:38 PM

    I voted for President Trump and I think he has done a good job considering what he is fighting against. I do however, feel the dems got the upper hand on him on this deal. I'm disappointed to say the least.

  • Jeffrey S. Fry

    02/17/2019 09:07 PM

    I think that you and President trump are absolutely right. I think that you are on God's side. I think that the liberals are on satan's side.

  • Ann Bouchard

    02/17/2019 08:33 PM

    I do not think that the amount that you stated is correct for 55 miles of fencing. That amount is way too high for 55 miles of fencing. There is 1300 or so miles at the border not fenced. If we built the wall based upon the amount you present the fence would actually cost upwards to 36 billion dollars which is totally unreal. 600 plus miles have been built already.

  • David A. Pellerin

    02/17/2019 07:49 PM

    I agree that a wall should be built, however, I have seen and read reports of tunnels having been dug that run under the border, that have been in existence for a while now. I find myself wondering how effective a wall will be if these people who are seeking to cross this country's southern border illegally, can do so by merely walking under it?

  • Oscar Williams

    02/17/2019 07:33 PM

    The DemonRats would NEVER....NEVER answer with a "reason" why they voted FOR a "wall" back then, and are against President mean a Of course. back then, they KNEW a wall would never be built because they didn't WANT one. Their rhetoric was just to placate Southern States' Republicans and Blacks so they would think the "guvmint' was FOR them. Now look at how foolish they ARE!

  • Elaine Cluff

    02/17/2019 07:24 PM

    I also read President Trump's remark as saying, "I didn't need to do this....but with opposition at every turn.....I'd rather do it much faster." Really, he couldn't possibly do the wall on a longer time frame because some people oppose him, no matter what he says or stands for. When you quoted the phrase, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It," it saddens me to know that we have elected people to be leaders of our country who have no moral code themselves. I have so many of my friends and family that support The President and most of his policies. No one is perfect, but he is doing an excellent job. I like the fact that he is thick-skinned and doesn't care what anyone says about him. He cares about our country, our people, our safety, and our liberties. That's way more than I can say for those who support open borders. There is a reason that our politicians throughout the years have adopted laws on the path to citizenship. Bypassing the proper channels to become an American citizen is illegal. Point blank. Thank you for giving me a voice. Elaine Cluff

  • April Allison-Garlow

    02/17/2019 07:18 PM

    I am so upset about all the political theater on both sides--the compromise bill should never have passed the Senate--it's a slap in the face of the American people. Yes, I still believe there are two sides fighting it out in DC--but they aren't political parties, one side is the swamp and the other side are those naive enough to believe they can drain the swamp. Whomever is advising the president, is paving a primrose path deep in to the swamp, for him to follow. So disheartened that I can't watch it anymore.

  • Thomas Roysr

    02/17/2019 07:17 PM

    I would absolutely love to hear you be interviewed by Chris Wallace about the emergency for building the wall. He drilled a man on Fox News Sunday ,seemingly, with disapproval . Noting that the wall would in effect be up or close to completion in time for the 2020 Presidential run for office. I feel that you would be an excellent foil in this type of debate /interview .

  • Tommie Houser

    02/17/2019 06:57 PM

    Glenn Simpson and Creepy , Shifty Adam Schiff actually meeting. REALLY ?
    Chairman of The House Intelligence Committee should occupy a cell in Cuba
    Along with Pelosi, and the Rest of the “Corrupt Rob Rosenstein ,Comey, Lynch,
    Era of the corrupt FBI machine ! Pelosi LOVES to FLY on the tax payers dime
    So please send her away forever and many Americans will not care about HER.
    Good ridencence!

  • Rick Bonham

    02/17/2019 05:27 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!

  • David George

    02/17/2019 04:46 PM

    Please change the "drain the swamp" to "drain the septic tank" That fits the democratic party line better!!God bless you Mike and God forgive and help America...Dave

  • Jim Craighead

    02/17/2019 04:38 PM

    The most stunning part of your commentary is that Republicans voted to only allow funding of the wall in democratically controlled counties. If this true how is the rest of the budget controlled? Only by democrats in democratically controlled areas. Again, if this is true we have no real Republicans in congress if they voted for this bill - only democrats disguised as republicans.