My point isn’t to pile on the GOP’s shortcomings or even Trump’s failure to deliver on something he insisted would be easy to do (and he said it would be easy to get Mexico to pay for it).
My point is that declaring a national state of emergency to use military powers to solve a problem that was no less “grave” a year ago is grotesque. As I noted yesterday, the real crisis isn’t a national-security one, it’s a political one for Trump. And even if you favor a wall or enhanced border security that is not an argument for the president formally declaring a national emergency when there isn’t one and deploying the military without congressional approval on American soil.
That would be a serious abuse of power, and Congress shouldn’t stand for it — one way, or another.
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