A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.
In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico. The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall. The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now. It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.
When President Trump declared a national emergency in November in order to secure funding for the border wall, he predicted a fierce legal battle would ensue, and he was right. In November the president ended a 35 day government shutdown in exchange for $1.4 billion for a physical barrier along the southern border, which was far less than he originally wanted.
One of the President’s loftier promises during his 2016 campaign was that there was going to be a southern border wall, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. Some laughed off the idea as another crazy Trump outburst, much like when he questioned President Obama’s country of birth. Others believed that the then candidate’s words should not be taken literally, but could be used more as a loose metaphor for Mexico helping to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
- President Trump issued the first veto of his administration Friday, blocking a congressional resolution that rejected his national emergency declaration. The move came a day after twelve Republicans joined every Senate Democrat to send the resolution to his desk. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said at an Oval Office ceremony.
America has the greatest potential to lead the world to World Unity and Peace. It is starting to go backward. America is one nation under God with liberty and justice forever. Removing God from America will also mean that America will not be forever.
- Members of the House will vote Tuesday on a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday night. If successful, it would be the first time Congress has blocked such an action since the National Emergencies Act came in to force in 1976.
President Trump has appealed honestly for the need for building the wall to save lives. He is trying to awake the Americans up to value the life of Americans. America the past forty years has ignored the crime problems which exist in the big cities mostly due to drug traffic.
- President Trump’s planned address to Congress is back on. With the longest government shutdown in American history in the rear-view mirror (and another possibly ahead), the president will deliver his annual state of the union address, Tuesday at 9 PM Eastern.
- The president again hinted at announcing some kind of action toward a border wall during the address. When asked, he refused to rule a declaration of a state of emergency in or out, instead urging the media, and his audience, to watch the speech.
The two main reason given by Trump supporters to build the wall is to stop criminals illegal aliens from entering the country, and to stop drug traffic. Both are good reasons but may not be enough to declare a National Emergency. The threat of terrorism, a terrorist attack where a terrorist will enter the country by way of open borders and bring a Dirty Bomb is a real threat which America is covering up not to cause panic amongst the people. A Dirty bomb is a small nuclear weapon detonated by hand which causes pollution from radiation to the surroundings.
People who had business with President Donald Trump recognized him for his egotism. My niece had the opportunity doing business with him as a representative of a distinguished law firm. She noted pictures of him in his office and an aura of a person who thinks highly of himself. He took the job as President of the USA as part of his ego trip. He wants to be the best President in the history of the USA. His incentive is not only love of America but to make for himself a name to be written in history books about Donald Trump the best President in the history of the country. He wants to confront issues which were ignored by previous presidents like Jerusalem, Iran Nucleur threat, economic improvements, North Korea and The Wall of Mercy. Other presidents may have been more loyal faithful lovers of America, than President Trump but less interested in being different less egotistic. Trump is even accused of not paying his taxes.
- President Trump on Saturday offered to extend protections from deportation for some undocumented immigrants in the U.S., particularly those fleeing violent Central American countries, in exchange for a requested $5.7 billion to build the southern border wall.
- Before Trump announced the proposal Saturday, Democratic leaders rejected it as inadequate or even “unacceptable” as details emerged in media reports.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he would bring the plan to a vote in Republican-controlled chamber by the end of the week, forcing members to take a public stand on the new plan. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters at the White House that work on the plan would start in Congress on Tuesday.
- “Our immigration system should be a source of pride … not a source of shame as it is all over the world,” Trump said in his plea. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tweeted, “What we didn’t hear from the President was any sympathy for the federal workers who face so much uncertainty because of the chaos of the #TrumpShutdown.”
- The proposal capped a week of escalating clashes between the president and Mrs. Pelosi, who has refused to consider money for a border wall. After she withdrew her invitation for Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address, the president blocked Mrs. Pelosi and a congressional delegation from traveling on a military plane to visit U.S. troops Afghanistan.
Bible Leviticus 19:14, The Bible teaches before a blind person do not place a stumbling block. This passage can be learned literally or can be applied as a teaching in many other issues in everyday life.
Trump has called building a wall humanitarian. He is mostly concerned about the safety of Americans. He may also be right in the light of the Bible passage “Before the blind person do not place a stumbling block.” America offers to immigrants a much better life than they can live in many places in the world. For this reason it is very difficult for foreigners to get a green card. It would be wonderful for America to open its borders to unlimited immigration but the idea is silly. In Yemen alone there are 18 million human beings that are starving not including other places in the world. No charitable organization in the world including UNESCO has enough funds to support these humanitarian causes. Therefore these needy suffering souls look to the possibility of immigration to another country in Europe or in America. Humanitarian means to have open borders for legal immigration. Increasing quotas of immigrants and choosing the right people to immigrate who show true sincerity is the first and most important way to help the needy. Trump is looking for immigration from people that are not desperate, professionals, well educated people before bringing in good people from other lands that did not have the chance to even start their lives. This type of criterion may save America money but does not solve the humanitarian problem. Therefore the bible teaches “Open your hands to the poor, and borrow to him the money that he needs.”
- The ongoing partial government shutdown entered its 22nd day Friday, officially becoming the longest in American history. The previous record was 21 days, between President Clinton and the Republican Congress, lasting from December 1995 to January 1996.
- Government workers have resorted to shopping at discount stores and selling their things on Facebook Marketplace while bracing for their first missed paycheck on Friday. Some 800,000 are working without pay or being furloughed as the shutdown continues.
- Conservative Republicans in Congress are privately warning President Trump not to try to declare an emergency to build his border wall. Members of the House Freedom caucus are worried both about the protracted legal battle and the precedent for a future Democratic president.
- The current turmoil in Washington has also caught the attention of credit rating agencies. Should the shutdown last until March, it could prevent Congress from raising the debt ceiling. Fitch warns that could cost the United States its AAA credit rating.
- Game theorists have long studied the sort of dilemma currently confounding Pennsylvania Avenue. So, who is to blame for the shutdown? According to FiveThirtyEight, we are. We, the voters, are watching, which alters the bargainers’ incentives.
- Two full weeks (and one new Congress) after the federal government entered a partial shut down, neither congressional Democrats nor the Trump administration seem any closer to a deal. Instead, both sides dug in their positions on whether or not to provide $5 billion for President Trump’s border wall.
- At a press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday, the president confirmed a threat made to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer to keep the government closed for “months or even years.” He also hinted at using emergency powers to bypass congress and build the wall.
- The Transportation Security Administration insists an increase in employees calling in sick since the shut down began is having “minimal impact” on the agency. This was in response to a CNN report that mass call-outs by personnel forced to work without pay had affected four major airports.
- The shutdown is also having adverse effects on everyone’s favorite government agency, the Internal Revenue Service. Tax refunds may be delayed, questions may not be answered, and those requiring proof of income for loans may not be able to receive transcripts.
- Will the Democrats cave, or will President Trump declare victory and leave? Politico Magazine sat down with eleven analysts across the political spectrum to collect their thoughts on how we got here, and how we might get out.
- The partial shutdown of the federal government entered its second week Saturday, with no apparent end in sight and both sides effectively dug in. Congress stands adjourned until New Year’s Eve, and President Trump remains at the White House.
- Some 380,000 federal employees on furlough and 420,000 working without pay are also bracing for a long shutdown. To that end, the Office of Personnel Management tweeted out sample letters for federal employees to send to creditors, mortgage companies, and landlords.
- Despite fears to the contrary, Coast Guard members will still receive paychecks on New Year’s Eve. The short-term solution for active duty members, reservists, and retirees was agreed upon by the Trump administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the Coast Guard.
- Why did the Democrats shut down a quarter of the federal government to stop Trump’s wall? Because, as Deroy Murdock of National Review opines, Trump loves it. “They hate Trump’s guts more than they love America.”
- If conservatives really wanted a wall, writes Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, they would offer something Democrats would want in return. However, the core truth of the standoff, he says, is that immigration hardliners don’t see the wall as a good idea, and thus, won’t trade it for anything.
- The House and Senate adjourned Friday night without passing any of seven funding bills necessary to keep the federal government open. At issue is $5 billion President Trump demanded to fund a border wall. Both chambers will gavel in at noon Saturday.
- Holiday travelers will likely remain unaffected throughout a shutdown. Flights and trains should not be impacted, and packages should still arrive on time. However, national parks, sites, and museums might be closed.
- The current disagreement appears to have come by way of an about face on the wall. After Congress passed legislation funding the government without the wall, by Thursday, President Trump indicated he would veto it. This change appears to have been driven by the president’s base.
- President Trump has indicated he will keep the government shut as long as necessary to win funding for the wall, and his supporters— in and out of Congress— have urged him to “dig in.” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel called on Senate Democrats to “stop opposing the wall and sensible border security.“
- The President’s supporters also took to GoFundMe in a multimillion-dollar effort to voluntarily pay for the wall themselves. CNN’s Sally Kohn called it, “a horrific bait-and-switch,” which “is symbolic of much of Trump’s presidency.”
- President Donald Trump and Congress, embroiled in a feud over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, have only five days to reach a deal before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks.
- The president wants at least $5 billion for construction on the wall, a steep price tag that Democrats have called a non-starter. They’ve proposed $1.6 billion for what they deem “border security,” arguing that the money won’t go toward a wall.
- “Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!”
- President Trump is “absolutely” willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t authorize funding for a border wall and will do “whatever is necessary” to get the wall built, according to Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser. “At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country,” he said.
- In a shutdown, many federal employees would be required to work without a guarantee of pay, though Congress typically votes later to pay them retroactively. More than 420,000 federal employees, including 41,000 law-enforcement officials and up to 88% of the Homeland Security Department staff, would be working without pay.
- President Donald Trump has backed plans to request $750 billion from Congress for defense spending next year. Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, told his Cabinet earlier this year to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 percent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared. In August, Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill.
- As the clock ticks down in Congress, Republican lawmakers are racing to load up the end-of year spending legislation with their own priorities, figuring this is their last chance to push their agenda while they control both chambers. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) said the farm bill, which negotiators are in the process of finalizing, could get tacked on.
- No one quite knows what the ultimate cost of the farm bill will be, though earlier versions tipped the scales at $870 billion-plus over 10 years. The bill omits a provision that would have tightened eligibility for SNAP by requiring childless adults between 49 and 59, as well as adults with children 6 or older, to work or participate in job-training programs for 20 hours per week. Subsidies for commodity producers will increase.
- Seven of the government spending bills remain unfinished. The most controversial is the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which would include border wall funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators. The bill would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty.
- OPINION: It seems that we only hear of a balanced budget or about our ever-increasing deficit about once or twice a year. It seems that most of our 535 members of congress feel that our $21 trillion (and growing) national debt isn’t really worth talking about. It is.