Trump declares emergency for wall

By Thunderword Staff



The Wall continues to divide Americans on how we should handle illegal immigration of people coming into the country.

Just this past week President Trump was granted $1.375 billion for his wall or the physical reminder of all the hate that America has to offer.

In response to Trump getting only a piece of funding he asked for, he has declared a national emergency.

When a president declares a national emergency, it al- lows him to surpass the normal political process. This also gives him access to take money from other parts of the bud- get.

This is a waste of money. A wall would be the most inef- fective way to curb illegal immigration.

This mindless ability to essentially steal from a fund that is meant to help people who have gone through natural di- sasters shows the terrible leadership we have.

Sixteen states as of this week have filed lawsuits over of Trump declaring this an emergency. Two of the states in the filing are the border states of New Mexico and California.

The fact that two of the four border states are actively suing the president because they do not want him to take the money to use for a wall should say it all.

When the people you are trying to help sue you, that should send the clear message that maybe you are going about it the wrong way.

The wall is not a smart decision for America due to the outrageous cost and if it is ever built the upkeep will not be easy.

Trump has turned an empty campaign promise into a money pit that will truly hurt taxpayers and people in true crisis, and not stop people or drugs from entering the coun- try illegally.

This past Tuesday construction started on a 14-mile por- tion of the wall, replacing existing barriers.

This shows that the wall will truly take a long time to build with little actual proof that it will be effective in slowing immigration.

Another logistical thing that stops the border wall from being a great idea is that the land near or on the border is owned by different people.

Another lawsuit that was filed this week has to due with landowners on the border who will lose their land to the wall.

Many of the landowners at the border have been there their entire lives without issue and now Trump threats their entire way of life.

There is continued disdain for the wall even in the places that it is supposed to help. No one wants the wall besides Trump and his overly loyal supporters, most of whom do not live on the border.

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