The great divide: a national emergency

Chase Wakefield, Staff Writer

Tensions are as heated as ever on the floor of Capitol Hill, as the President of the United States declares his border wall crusade a national emergency. In 2016, he promised a border wall for his populist campaign to “Make America Great Again.”

After the longest government shutdown in history, the saga continues as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared “if a Democrat were president, then gun violence would be declared a national emergency.” Backlash is continuous against the White House and its staff’s decision, and many decry it as unconstitutional.

Currently, sixteen states are filing a lawsuit directly challenging the declaration. California Attorney General Xavier Beccera is leading the charge. “We’re going to try to halt the President from violating the Constitution, the separation of powers, from stealing money from Americans and states that has been allocated by Congress, lawfully,” Beccera exclaimed.

While many people are challenging the constitutionality of the declaration, saying it is a direct violation of the separation of powers and violation of Presidential mannerism, others are questioning the financial sanity of a possible border wall.

The main source of the grueling shutdown was Trump’s request of several billion dollars in the first wave of building the wall. For the United States, even in a mountain of debt, this is minor. However, this would only have been the first portion of this extremely expensive border wall, which could cause financial instability as well for landowners who are having their property rights violated by the wall.

This wall is a huge source of controversy for many, with much of the American population being directly affected by a border wall with the unstable country down south. However, the constitutional and financial issues raised by the declaration of national emergency and the border wall’s construction is quite clear.

America will most certainly be in a state of limbo over this political conflict in the coming months leading up to the election.