As President Donald Trump considers the option of declaring a national emergency to build the border wall, arguments have been leveled both for and against his decision.
But for retired Army Col. Douglas MacGregor, it is “absolutely” a wise thing for the president to do.
The author and decorated combat veteran spoke about Trump’s options in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” noting how the president not only has the authority to declare an emergency, there are teams of engineers ready to get the job done.
MacGregor argued that there is no question that a national emergency exists as there are “30 million illegal residents inside your country who violated your borders, disregarded the rule of law.”
“Only the president can address this. He has the Constitutional authority to do so,” he continued, explaining that the president can direct the U.S. Army to secure the border and engage the help of the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers.
“You have Army forces that are engineers, brigades of engineers that could be put to work on the border and build barriers,” MacGregor said. “We have thousands of soldiers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, majors, lieutenant colonels who have guarded and secured other people’s borders, so they know exactly how to do this. ”
The retired Army colonel outlined the direct method of dealing with anyone who attempts to violate U.S. laws by illegally crossing the border, noting that “all we’re trying to do is defend our own borders.” MacGregor explained that a secure border would mean that when someone tries to cross the border, “you stop them.”
He described how migrants could be tagged in a database and “then you turn them around and send them back,” with a warning that if they return they will face prison.
“That’s how you expel people,” he told Carlson. “You don’t just leave your borders open and say ‘here’s a camp, move into it while we decide what to do with you.'”
Carlson asked his guest why, if Trump has full authority under the U.S. Constitution to declare the state of emergency, he is being told by White House lawyers that he does not.
“Oh, that’s an easy answer,” MacGregor responded. “Because the president has surrounded himself for the last two years with people who are there to subvert him, to obstruct his agenda. Everyone is there to tell him, no. And that’s not an answer he should accept.”
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