Democrats Who Are Angry About Trump’s Wall Can Thank Congress And Obama

There’s one significant detail that Democrats and the media are leaving out whenever they talk about the wall. They fail to admit that Obama and Congress played a significant role in making this possible.

The Lawfare Blog reports:

How Congress and President Obama Made Trump’s Wall Possible

Throughout the 2016 election, Donald Trump campaigned for president on the promise that he would build a wall along the southern border. Six weeks after his election in November 2016, Congress overwhelmingly passed a statute—codified as 10 U.S.C § 284—that authorized the secretary of defense to support the “construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.”

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On Dec. 23, 2016, a month before leaving office, President Obama signed the 973-page bill into law without any objection to this provision.

Today, the Trump administration has invoked this express statutory delegation of authority to do what the statute says: “construct … fences … across international boundaries of the United States.” Specifically, the president identified up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds that were designated for counterdrug activities.

This provision does not turn on the declaration of a national emergency pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2808, which the president also invoked in a proclamation issued today. Critically, the White House stated that “these funding sources will be used sequentially and as needed.”

And now it’s happening. ABC News reports:

Trump declares national emergency to get border wall funding

President Donald Trump capped months of political drama Friday, announcing he’s signing a bill to fund the government, avoiding another government shutdown, while also taking the extraordinary action of declaring a national emergency to secure additional money for his proposed border wall that congressional Democrats refused to give him.

“I am going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said.

The president explained his highly controversial move in a Rose Garden announcement, saying “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it one way or the other.”

This is going to make the left go even crazier:

Trump ran on this. Did the Democrats and their media allies really think Trump was going to just drop it?

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