In the State of the Union, I Only Want to Hear 2 Little Words – NATIONAL EMERGENCY

EDITOR’S DISCLAIMER – Even though this did not post prior to the State of the Union, it is still relevant to the address that President Trump delivered last night.

I care about a broad range of issues – the right to life, taxes and the economy, terrorism, trade, the Second Amendment and the National Debt among them. But when there’s a fire in your house, you don’t worry about anything else until it’s been extinguished.

The fire is uncontrolled illegal immigration. If left unchecked, our national home will soon be a pile of smoldering ashes.

There are two words I want to hear from Donald Trump this evening – national emergency.

  • Because the leadership of the Democratic Party has said repeatedly that they will not negotiate on a border wall under any conditions. In this case – if words are to have any meaning — no means no. Bodies of Americans killed by illegals can pile up in front of the Capitol, and Pelosi and Company still won’t give the President anything for a border wall. This is a hill on which the party of open-borders is entrenched.
  • Because there are another four caravans headed for our way. One could be carrying as many as 15,000.
  • Because, far from impeding passage, Mexico is providing buses to transport Central Americans to the U.S. border.
  • Because 20% of the U.S. population now speaks a language other than English at home.
  • Because more than 200 cities and 6 states now have their own immigration policy.
  • Because there’s a stampede among Democratic politicians to abolish ICE. So far, most candidates for the party’s 2020 nomination have signed on.
  • Because there are at least 12.5 million (and possibly as many as 20 million) illegals in our country. Their cost to the three levels of government is an estimated $134.9 billion a year – compared to a one-time cost of around $20 billion to build the wall, of which the president is asking for $5 billion as a down payment.
  • Because, yesterday, a member of the MS-13 gang was arrested for a cold-blooded murder on the Queens subway. (Ironically, this was in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district.) The accused is in the country illegally. He was arrested in November and charged with conspiracy, attempted murder and various drug and weapons charges – and released on bail.
  • Because there are more than 350,000 criminal aliens in our federal, state and local prisons. According to a new study, illegal aliens are arrested at five times the rate of legal residents.
  • Because I don’t care what the mainstream media, Wall Street Journal, Democratic politicians or Republicans wimps have to say.

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The president has the power to take this out of the hands of an obstructionist Congress.

If the raging conflagration that’s spreading to every part of the country doesn’t constitute a national emergency, I can not imagine what on earth does.


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Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,
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