It’s clear to most Americans. The Southern border is not a swinging door for Narcos and central American gangsters. The Narcos know shipping their form of poison works better when they ship it through legal ports of entry. Gangs members don’t need to crawl through tunnels and jump fences to cross the border. There are other ways for them to reach the United States and do their dirty work, according to Homeland Security officials who would like to remain anonymous.
The real issue, according to lawmakers who studied the Southern border crisis, is the immigration system. Processing immigrants and attending to their needs are just two of the challenges on the border. Congress knows several system failures are the real border issues. Lawmakers put enough money in the budget Trump fought to correct those issues. But that wasn’t good enough for Mr. Trump. The president wanted to take things to another level in his fight to erect a useless border wall on the Southern border.
When Congress rejected Trump’s demand for a wall and more money, he used the state of emergency tool that came with his executive privilege tool belt. Instead of working with Congress, Trump wants to throw them to the lawmaking curb and make his own rules. Trump rules shatter constitutional rules, according to legal experts. But that fact doesn’t mean much to the Republican Trumpians who believe Trump can spit on the constitution whenever he wants.
But some of Trump’s loyal boy toys in the Senate are in the process of reassessing their reelection chances. Those lawmakers know sticking with the president when he vetoes the bill that prevents him from initiating a state of emergency on the border could be political suicide.
More than 15 Republican Senators will vote to stop his emergency declaration. And by the time the bill is vote-ready, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell thinks more Republicans will vote to stop the emergency.
If Trump uses a veto on the bill, Congress will need more Republican votes to overturn Trump’s veto. Congress will need a two-thirds majority. That’s a tall ask because there are Republicans who will still vote with Trump out of political fear and voter blowback. Those Senators care more about votes than upholding the constitution, according to the Washington Post.
Mr. Trump feels the heat from the Washington swamp. But rather than draining the swamp the way he said he would, he’s neck-deep in it. And he’s loving every minute of it, according to the Post.