By Rick Oltman, February 27, 2019
On February 15, President Trump declared a National Emergency to deal with border security on our porous southern border. Not surprisingly, the open borders supporters in the media mischaracterized his action with fake news headlines.
For example, CNN charged, Trump declares national emergency to fund the wall. NPR said, As Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund Border Wall, Democrats Promise A Fight. Al Jazeera parroted, Trump declares a national emergency to build border wall.
The New York Times called it “Phony Wall, Phony Emergency.”
And on and on.
The Department of Defense (DOC) press release was a little more specific, referencing the law the President used to declare a national emergency and how they would respond … according to the law.
The President invoked sections 12302, 284(b)(7), and 2808 of Title 10, U.S. Code, and required the use of the armed forces to respond to this emergency through support tot he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its efforts to secure the southern border.
The armed forces will be supporting the Department of Homeland security in its effort to secure the southern border.
Title 10 U.S.C., Section 284(b)(7) (Counterdrug Support), authorizes DOD to support the counterdrug activities of other federal agencies, including DHS, with the construction of roads, fences, and lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries.
The law, as stated, authorizes DOD to work with other federal agencies to interdict drugs which are pouring across our border. And they can build roads, fences, et cetera, to accomplish that goal.
As for using military funding to build a wall: 10 U.S.C., Section 2808 (Military Construction [MILCON]) states that:
… a declaration of a national emergency at the southern border requiring the use of the armed forces authorizes the secretary of defense to determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces and to re-direct unobligated DOD MILCON funding to construct border barriers if required.
Now the lame stream media will always attempt to spin this, or any effort to secure our border from the invasion of drugs, illegal aliens and possible terror attacks. Those in Congress who think they are going to pass a bill stopping the National Emergency or with lawsuits, are kidding themselves.
The southern border has been an emergency situation for almost three decades. This President is acting to secure it.
The President isn’t creating this situation, he is working to resolve it.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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