On Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC.) declared that President Donald Trump “must” invoke emergency powers to construct a border wall “if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deal.” This position betrays Congress and the Constitution, Conor Friedersdorf writes in The Atlantic.
Not only would the border wall be extremely expensive, it would infringe upon the property rights of thousands of Americans.
Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University explained, “Less than one-third of the needed land is currently owned by the federal government. The rest- as much as 1,300 miles- is held by private owners, Native American tribes, and state governments, many of whom are unlikely to sell voluntarily. Even if the wall does not cover the full 2,000 miles because it excludes some areas, such as those that have ‘natural’ barriers, many property owners will have to be displaced.”
Even when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, they did not approve funding for the border wall. Now, “nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they are against President Trump declaring a national emergency to direct the construction of a wall along the southern border, almost twice the amount of those in favor of it.”
Graham has become so absorbed with gaining Trump’s favor that he is making the imperial presidency worse than it has ever been. David French writes, “Each abuse builds on the next. The loser is our constitutional republic.”
A responsible U.S. Senator would abide by the non-decision of the White House on the wall- if no decision is reached, then it simply does not happen.