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Existing Law Grants Trump Authority to Build the Wall

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

President Trump can immediately order the military to build a barrier along the southern border under existing laws, according to analysis presented by Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)

Rep. Brooks made his case during a hearing of the Armed Services Committee, citing U.S. Codepertaining to “Support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime.”

Rep. Brooks laid the foundation for his argument by pointing to the loss of American lives at the hands of illegal aliens — roughly 2,000 in fiscal year 2018 — as well as internationally trafficked drugs, which contribute to a “substantial portion” of some 70,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. every year.

“In terms of lost American lives, our porous southern border, combined with the homicides of illegal aliens, far exceeds the loss of lives caused by 9/11,” Brooks said. “With that as a backdrop, I want to direct your attention to 10 United States Code 284 which authorizes President Trump to deploy the military to the southern border to build fences.”

“For clarity, if you look it up in the dictionary, the word ‘fence’ includes the word ‘barrier,’ and the word ‘barrier’ includes walls made of a variety of different materials. So that having been said, it seems to me that 10 U.S. Code 284 can be used by the President of the United States to direct the United States military to build the wall.”

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4 comments

  1. Damned Skippy…
    Keep America Great
    Thanks for the POTUS, finally, FINALLY a POTUS doing what he said he’d do!
    The only thing left…Lock-her-up!

  2. The cartels are terrorizing ranchers and residents on the border with Mexico, as they smuggle in loads of drugs and people. The cartels are operating INSIDE the United States! President Trump must declare the cartels to be terrorist organizations and send our brave military into Mexico to wipe them out. Plus find and arrest anyone in the U.S. who is working for the cartels. And Build The Wall. Then the peaceable people of both our countries can lead their lives and go about their daily business without constantly being in fear of these violent criminals.

    Border residents fear retaliation from cartels if they report crimes
    by Anna Giaritelli
    February 04, 2019

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/border-residents-fear-retaliation-from-cartels-if-they-report-crimes

    Some excerpts:
    Border residents in New Mexico say they are hesitant to report suspicious immigration activity to local and federal law enforcement because they fear the Mexican cartels moving drugs or people into the U.S. will retaliate against them.

    [There is] the case of Robert Krentz, a prominent rancher in nearby Cochise County, Arizona, who many believe was murdered by drug cartel members after he left to check on his cattle in 2010 and never returned.

    “… you find bundles of drugs in your field when you’re harvesting — backpack size.”

    Her family believes spotters for the cartels camp out in the hills overlooking her house and will know if she tries to report suspicious activity. She said her family members have gone up the hill during the day and found semiautomatic rifles, satellite phones, cellphones, and telescopes.

    “Most of those peaks you’ll find batteries, lot of wire, cellphones,” she said. “And what they’re doing is they’re spotting for the loads.”

    She doesn’t approach anything left on her property because those watching “could pick us off with a rifle.”

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