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Impeachable Fence

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/REUTERS)

Josh Barro tweets:

And:

Read the whole thread. I think he’s right. The problems at the border are real, even if the White House is deliberately exaggerating those problems. But they are no more real than they were last year or the year before that. But the GOP never delivered on the wall (though President Trump often says that much of the wall has been built — it hasn’t).

My point isn’t to pile on the GOP’s shortcomings or even Trump’s failure to deliver on something he insisted would be easy to do (and he said it would be easy to get Mexico to pay for it).

My point is that declaring a national state of emergency to use military powers to solve a problem that was no less grave a year ago is grotesque. As I noted yesterday, the real crisis isn’t a national-security one, it’s a political one for Trump. And even if you favor a wall or enhanced border security that is not an argument for the president formally declaring a national emergency when there isn’t one and deploying the military without congressional approval on American soil.

That would be a serious abuse of power, and Congress shouldn’t stand for it — one way, or another.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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