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house Bill H.R. 522

Prohibiting the Use of a National Emergency to Get Funds for a Border Wall

Argument in favor

President Trump’s threat of a national emergency declaration to get money to build his promised southern border wall would be an example of unconstitutional executive overreach if he were to follow through. This bill would make it impossible for Trump to use a national emergency to get his border wall, taking away the reasons for him to declare a national emergency.

Carol's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Rational people understand that a wall will not solve any of the issues brought up by this administration. We need immigration reform and a way to help the countries that asylum seekers are fleeing to alleviate h reasons they are fleeing in such high numbers. Until those issues are fixed we will continue to see people seeking asylum. Our duty is to assist them not turn them away and certainly not to kidnap their children.
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Jonathan's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Funds that are appropriated to help people who are actually suffering should not be hijacked to fulfill a campaign promise.
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Michael.J.L's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Trump is the representation of a failed and useless political Party (GOP / Nationalist). The only ideas they come up with are senseless ones geared to exite their base who cannot, or have no desire to understand whether it is a real solution or not. To secure our southern border we need a multifaceted approach to include fencing, drone and satellite monitoring, a barrier wall (in sections where other methods aren't feasible), patrols, security enhancements at legal ports of entry (where illegal drugs, with the exception of Marijuana come in) and addressing the situations in the countries immigrants are fleeing. These people are fleeing violence and poverty for a better life in America, same as immigrants have done since our founding. They should not be vilified. Screen out the criminals and welcome the good people. Don't let the Statue of Liberty become a meaningless work of art.
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Argument opposed

Presidents have the right to declare a national emergency and marshal resources to protect America’s national security. This includes declaring a national emergency to build a border wall. Passage of this bill would eliminate an important tool in the presidential toolkit and may not be constitutional.

Robin's Opinion
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02/09/2019
If Congressmen refuse to protect American borders as Border Security Officers have asked, by the means they have asked for, and not determined by a DC desk jockey, then YES use NATIONAL EMERGENCY to protect our American Citizens
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Mart's Opinion
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02/09/2019
How about spending the original $200 billion Obama signed to build wall
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Fred's Opinion
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02/09/2019
Hell no we need the wall everyone who lives there, ICE, the Border Patrol. Home Land Security ALL say we need the wall!! But since Trump wants to build it the Media and the crooked politicians don’t want it. Every last president has said there was a problem but they blame Trump for making this up. PEOPLE OPEN YOUR DAMN EYES!!!
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2019
    This is an Executive branch function that would affect all Presidents to come, not just the current one they hate in the Whitehouse now. Although, it also concerns me that once utilized for something like this, then an Uber leftist President—Something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime, but now realize is quite possible—could use it, I don’t know, to go after everyone’s guns in some major confiscation effort. Then we really will be like Venezuela! Let’s hope that they don’t leave our President with any other choice in securing the border.
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    Dangerous bill. In a crisis we need our President to be able to act.
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    Whether you are for the border wall or not, this is not the way to go about getting it done. Congress needs to figure out what they want to do and then the President needs to carry out their wishes whatever they end up being.
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    If declaring a national emergency is what it takes to get a wall then by all means go for it… This crazy obstruction by the Democrats has got to stop its hurting our country
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    This is checks and balances at work. The President is repeating lies and stirring fear to keep himself in power, and the American people are paying the price. Congress must keep him in check. No wall. Not now. Not ever.
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    Never, resist the radical left by any means necessary. #MAGA , #Buildthewall
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    This has to be dumbest bill I’ve seen introduced. Democrats will do anything to stop this wall!
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    If the sh!thole democrat house would do it’s job and protect their citizens, that elected their sorry donkeys, the national emergency wouldn’t be needed. But sense they are so far left and have globalism shoved so far up their donkey, they can’t or do not want to see how dangerous and costly leaving the border open is. Build the wall!
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    This would prevent the President from preforming one of his duties of declaring a National Emergency and acting in the nation's defense. This would also put too much power in the hands of Congress defeating the checks and balances of our system of government.
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    Why would you even consider this! All you and the Leftist mass media wants to do is tie the hands of OUR American President who’s goal is to Make America Great Again!
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    I need to keep this basic because so many have lost their ability to be objective and rational. EVERY sovereign nation is responsible to their citizens. In order to protect those citizens, there must be secure borders. Common sense clearly shows that would include Agents, Officers, technology and physical barriers. Wake up.
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    Oh those obstructionists intolerant liberal socialists hypocrites democrats (progressives).
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    It is important to have immigration control, however a wall is not the most effective or efficient option. Funding can be used for other things such as healthcare reform, education reform, or eliminating homelessness.
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    Entire DNC is now corrupt. The use of this tactic is to create voters from foreign assets. This is a violation of the sovereignty of a Republic. Circumventing should not be allowed.........
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    Isn’t funny how this bill is from a Dem from NY and I’m sure has never been to the area in question. I’m sure most of you think they want to build a wall across the entire southern boarder it’s a 250 mile stretch of the worst area. Take a trip for yourself and see.
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    There are more emergencies to concern than a wall. Taking away workers right to get pay and receive benefits promised by the government. The Berlin Wall fell, don’t believe the wall would would stop people from coming. They would come up with anyone plan to get to America.
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    No No No This bill is a waste of time. Do your job, keep govt open and fund border security.
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    We voted for the President to get a border wall. I voted for representation that I thought would help him do that.
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    Thank goodness someone is putting a leash on Trump. The republicans haven’t had the guts to put a stop to his nonsense. MAYBE THEY ARE REPORTING TO PUTIN TOO. This wall is ridiculous. Everything Trump spouts about what comes across the border, come across at the checkpoints. No need for this stupid wall. That money should be spent on INFRASTRUCTURE & CREATING A MODERN RAILWAY SYSTEM TO HELP WITH THE GREEN DEAL.
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    This is no brainer. If we can't afford Medicare for all how could we possibly afford a useless wall.
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