Congressional Research Service Says Trump Could Build The Wall Without Declaring National Emergency

Many people in Washington are saying the only way Trump can get the wall built is by declaring a national emergency. But the research arm of Congress, which is nonpartisan, says there is another way.

The Daily Caller reports:

CONGRESS’ NONPARTISAN RESEARCH ARM SAYS TRUMP COULD BUILD THE WALL WITHOUT STATE OF EMERGENCY OR FUNDING

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a paper internally that suggests President Donald Trump may have the authority to use Department of Defense resources to build a wall without obtaining congressional approval or declaring a state of emergency.

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CRS, Congress’s in-house research arm, internally published a paper Jan. 10 titled “Can the Department of Defense Build the Border Wall?,” which The Daily Caller News Foundation has obtained. It says (emphasis added):

Another statute that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to assist civilian law enforcement with counterdrug activities may provide some authority for the construction of barriers along the border. 10 U.S.C. § 284 (Section 284) provides that the Secretary of Defense “may provide support for the counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime” of any law enforcement agency, including through the “[c]onstruction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.” …

Use of Section 284 would not require a declaration of a national emergency under the NEA. However, the DOD’s Section 284 authority to construct fences appears to extend only to “drug smuggling corridors,” a condition that may limit where DOD could deploy fencing.

Isn’t it fascinating how none of the mainstream media outlets are talking about this? It’s almost like they don’t want our southern border to be secured.

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