It’s Time for the President to use his Constitutional Powers to end the border debate
The debate over policy differences on issues like Health insurance and the role of government in providing health care to its citizens is one thing, the debate over protection of our nation’s sovereignty and defending its citizens from foreign invasion, another. Though one can argue the terminology used to describe the onslaught of illegal border crossings and illegal migration into our country, the reality is that crossing ANY nation’s border is a crime for a reason, and while US politicians from both sides of the political aisle have offered rhetoric, only President Trump has shown the political will to actually follow through on his promises.
The lame duck Republican-controlled House finally passed a bill providing for border barriers and security on the Southern border, only to stopped by the Senate Democrats whose leader has bolded stated they won’t give an inch toward a border wall the President wants, and as he has in the past supported. The Senate has now adjourned for the Christmas holiday while the President and family stays in DC, amidst a government shutdown forced by the Senate minority leader’s belligerence, so perhaps now is the perfect time for the President to invoke his authority, reach into his bag of Constitutional Presidential powers, and take the battle to the next level.
Article II Section 3 of the US Constitution gives the President the power, among other things, to :…convene both Houses (of Congress), or EITHER of them..“ on extraordinary occasions. With the flood of illegal migrants threatening to pour into our nation by the thousands, if there was ever an “extraordinary occasion” it’s now.
Then candidate Trump suggested in 2016 prior to his election that he would convene a Special Session of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare but the threat remained just that and ultimately not needed. Now it’s time for the President to recall that power and use it to its fullest until Congress provides for the nation’s security on the border as the President requests as the elected Executive to defend the nation.
The President should effectively cancel the Senate’s Holiday recesses by convening a Special Session for the Senate for the remainder of this year and if necessary, adjourn the new Congress and convene in a Special Session under his terms until and unless they fund border security as requested.