Don’t worry if you don’t have a Valentine today, because it looks like the government is going to avoid another partial shutdown, and that should be good news for everyone. Not only does it look like President Trump is going to sign the bill to avoid another partial shutdown, but it also appears that he is going to declare the Southern border crisis a national emergency.
In the bill to avoid a shutdown, per PBS NewsHour, only $1.375 billion are included out of the $5.7 billion President Trump asked for. Those funds would be used for projects in the Rio Grande Valley for 55 miles of barriers, also far short of what the President has continuously asked for, which was for 200 miles (234 to be specific).
Due to these certain items that fall short of the President’s (and millions of U.S. citizens’) demands, it is expected that President Trump is going to declare the Southern border crisis a national emergency. By doing so, funding for a wall would jump to $5.7 billion and extend 234 miles (Werner E. and Paletta D. (2019, February 14). Trump will sign funding bill to avert a shutdown and declare a national emergency. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com).
Declaring a national emergency for the border has its positives and negatives in my opinion. To start with the negative, I believe this would set a precedent for future Presidents who want to declare a national emergency for something that truly is not an emergency. For instance, if a future President decided climate change is a national emergency, they would have the ability to declare it one. I use climate change as an example, because it is one of the many made-up evils used by the Left today (See Climate Change: What Do Scientists Say?). The Left refuses to accept the true evils and problems of the world and, instead, create their own. This leads me to the positive of declaring the border crisis a national emergency.
The border crisis is a REAL THREAT to our nation and its people. It is not some made-up fight that would waste billions (or if you’re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, trillions) of dollars on something that doesn’t exist and cannot be fixed (*cough cough* the Green New Deal). Not to mention it would pay for itself, considering the many billions of dollars illegal immigrants cost our country every year. It is a real issue that needs attention and it can be fixed, or at least immensely improved. If Congress is only going to pony up $1.375 billion after all this time then, by all means, the President should declare this a national emergency. If avoiding a shutdown and the troubles it brings to many government employees is the goal, then this might be the only way to move forward.
We will see what happens in the coming hours.