posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 03:24 PM
a reply to: Krakatoa
We need to first define what we consider to be acceptable
for a border wall. There are already significant stretches of border barriers
across the southern border. Border patrol estimates 580
worth of border wall fencing and barriers already in place. Much of which were constructed under the 3 prior presidencies, Clinton, Bush
Now from what I've ready, Trump hasn't expressed any interest in turning existing barriers into walls or doing anything further. Trump also made it
clear in his last address to the public with regards to the wall, an admission by my books, that he won't be able to build a wall through the entire
southern border given geographical limitations. So that leaves us with a question mark?
How long of a wall would he have to authorize for it to be declared a victory by Trump supporters?
Would it even be a wall? Or just a barrier extension of the existing?
It's very important we clear this up.
Q: As of February 1. 2019, will president Trump have the authority (from Congress or via an executive order) to begin funding the construction
of border wall?
I don't believe there's any 'emergency' Trump can make claim to with regards to the border on a number of reasons. Putting that aside
Trump can, I'm uncertain. From what I've read, it's possible
given the powers invested in the Presidency but it's never really been used in
this way. It'd be unprescedented to put it bluntly. I'm leaning to a no
given his track record so far in getting push back on this wall but
happy to be wrong. There had already been reports
that he backed off this idea earlier given
the advice he recieved. This may be due to timing though, rather than his abilities and powers.