Democratic AGs team up against 'common-sense' barrier

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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border wall jumper near Tijuana, MexicoA conservative black activist says Democrats have become unhinged by President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund a barrier along the southern border - and a GOP member of Congress explains why he implored the president not to sign the "border deal" in the first place.

While the Constitution gives Congress sole authority for appropriating funds when it passes budgets, the National Emergencies Act – passed by Congress in 1976 – gives the president vast powers in the event of a national emergency.

Trump's declaration, which he announced on Friday, will allow him to divert billions of dollars of federal money towards construction of the wall. The White House has identified up to $8.1 billion, including more than $6 billion from the Pentagon, that will be available to fund the border wall now that the emergency has been declared.

But as the president predicted on Friday, Democrats have filed lawsuits challenging the president's declaration of an emergency. With California taking the lead, 16 states have filed a lawsuit challenging the president's emergency declaration to fund a border wall. Joining California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia. All the states involved in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general.

Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. Construction of a border barrier, he argues, makes common sense.


"This president is trying to do all he can to make America safe, [to] make it great again – and part of making it great is to make it safe," Peterson tells OneNewsNow. "He wants to put a big, beautiful wall around the borders, and common sense says you should put a wall around if you have criminals coming in, drug dealers coming in. [And] there are Muslims coming in who hate us, who want to kill us because we're a Judeo-Christian nation."

Peterson points out that Trump isn't the first president to declare an emergency.

"And they didn't have a fit about that," he continues. "But they're having a real fit about this president [doing that]. They forced him to call for a national emergency by refusing to give him the money he needed to build the wall. He had no other choice."

According to The Associated Press, the states behind the lawsuit say diversion of military funding to wall-building will hurt their economies and deprive their military bases of needed upgrades; and that taking away funds from counter-drug efforts for the wall will also cause damage. California and New Mexico, the two Mexican border states in the lawsuit, say the wall will harm wildlife.

Texas lawmaker: The bill's provisions proved problematic

The border security "deal" was so long and had so many problems, it's hard to know where to begin. That's according to Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas), during an interview this morning on "Sandy Rios in the Morning" on American Family Radio:

"Problem number one: On Thursday morning [last week], my staff and I received a 1,169-page bill – and we were expected to vote on it by Thursday night. That concern fell on deaf ears among our Republican colleagues as well as the Democratic leadership.

"Yet, as you pull the bill apart and start looking at it, you immediately figured out that in addition to the underlying problem that we were spending an enormous amount of money on top of our [national] debt – including by the way, $8 billion more than the clean CR that was proposed back in December ... and without batting an eye, by the way – that when you started to look at the immigration portion of the bill, putting aside the big spending, we found that, of course, the money [allotted for a barrier] fell short ... we knew that; I didn't like it for that reason.


Roy, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, went on to say that not only did President Trump get only a portion of the $5.7 billion he requested, there were restrictions involving the Rio Grande Valley sector where Democrats agreed to a so-called "border barrier."

"The bill ... spelled out many areas where you were not allowed to build a fence in [that] sector. [For example, there are] five big public land areas that they're saying, 'Nope, no fence' – which means you might as well put a neon sign saying, 'Enter Here' to the cartels. And then [there was] another big area where, through consultations with local government, they'll never get it done – at least not in this fiscal year.

"Then there was a provision called [Section] 224, which will basically say to anybody here who's illegally present that if they can get an unaccompanied alien minor to claim them as a sponsor or potential sponsor or even in the household of a potential sponsor that they'll be free from deportation."

That, said Congressman Roy, basically "encourages the cartels to use children as cover" for people already here illegally. These and other provisions in the bill resulted in what he called his "very hard NO" vote and imploring the president to veto it.

Editor's note: Comments from Congressman Chip Roy added after story was originally posted.

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