Trump plan to declare national emergency at border a 'mistake,' Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says

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  • hbwilly54 Orem, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 2:24 p.m.

    My biggest issue is that most of the Dems have not visited the Boarder and have voted against the wall. They need to stop and look at the issues.

  • Grumpy Grandpa Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 9:57 a.m.

    Donald Trump: Working hard to ensure Democratic control of both Congress AND the White House from 2020 to 2028.

    I am grumpy because I was told to stop spoiling the grandkids.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Feb. 18, 2019 1:29 a.m.

    this is why Trump is president, and Chris Stewart is not..

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 17, 2019 6:50 p.m.

    "I didn't need to do this..."

    Does this man step on his own toes every single time he opens his mouth or what?

    Then in true emergency mode, he bravely takes himself to Mar a Lago for some golf and a trip to the omelet bar.

    How anyone can believe this man without trying reeeaaaallly hard to not laugh at themselves in the mirror is beyond me.

  • Standsresolute Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 17, 2019 6:35 a.m.

    Stewart and Romney missing ONE major aspect ... 1. Congress controls the purse strings to government. I agree with Trumps use of executive action to enforce he border. He will authorize the diversion of military funds to do so. Yes it's sleight of hand, but necessary.
    2. Obama issued 276 executive orders during his time in office. Trump has used executive action to NEGATE about 50% of Obamas executive actions, such as minimum wage hikes, activities at Guantanamo etc. If we count new and abusive executive actions by Trump = 0!
    3. For all LDS out there, the Nephites had borders for good reason, the enemy without and enemies within created cultural and value chaos among their society. The enemies WITHIN our society are enough of a problem, why invite it to our country. Charity organisations (churches too) do so much to help the poor and needy in all nations, let us do the work unhindered and let government do what it is supposed to do...protect its citizens.

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Feb. 16, 2019 12:38 a.m.

    I find it interesting that all of the focus of the supposed "national emergency" due to illegal immigration is directed solely at the southern U.S. border. As I recall, the terrorists responsible for the 911 tragedy came into the U.S. by first going to Canada, and then entering the U.S. through Canada, not through Mexico.

    And, it would reasonably appear that any actual terrorist with half a brain would still do the same thing--first enter Canada, and then enter the U.S. through the northern border, which does not receive the same degree of scrutiny as the southern border.

    Illegal immigrants coming in through the southern border are most likely to be poor people struggling financially, who are coming to the U.S. for hope of a better life, just as immigrants have done for hundreds of years.

    Whereas most recent immigrants are Hispanic, there is currently a lot of prejudice against Hispanic immigrants. Historically, similar prejudice occurred concerning Jewish, Irish, Chinese and Italian immigrants.

    It is much more difficult today to legally immigrate to the U.S. Thus, the increase in illegal immigration. One simple, obvious solution would be to make legal immigration easier.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 3:11 p.m.

    @herbert_gravy

    Like trees, glaciers and other ice formations put down layers each year. These can be drilled and aged just like trees. The amount of CO2 in the air trapped in the ice layer is an index of the amount in the atmosphere at the time the ice was formed. It's a little thing some of us like to call "science", but then that's out of fashion on the right.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 1:37 p.m.

    Tumbleweed - Centerville, UT
    ---
    Rep Stewart worries that the Democrats might use the Emergency Powers Act to respond to "gun violence" or "climate change." However, if you look at the Emergency Powers Act, the Act only relates to any "unusual or extraordinary threat THAT HAS ITS SOURCE . . . OUTSIDE THE US." Illegal immigration has its source outside of the US. Leftists claim "gun violence" (a misnomer btw) has its origins in the US. Furthermore, there is no indication that the President has any authority to infringe on a fundamental right such as the right to bear arms.
    ---

    The "National Emergencies Act"(1976) makes no mention of the specifics of how a national emergency is defined. The Law requires the President to inform Congress of his declaration, places requirements that the declaration have a list of applicable laws regarding the national emergency, and limits certain elements of 'power', including duration of a 'national' emergency.

    Currently there are 31 National Emergencies, none of which, except for the cooked up 'emergency' Trump is attempting to foist upon the nation, have any significant effect on allocation of budgets for programs that Congress has not authorized.

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 1:29 p.m.

    "Don't worry, the next National Emergency will declare the Democratic Party to be illegal, and so, there will only be Republicans in government."

    Is anyone surprised that this kind of alarmist overreaction results from such an ill-advised article? It's merely a natural extension of the Russian Collusion hoax, the unhinged charges over the past two years that Trump is a Nazi, Fascist, Putin puppet, and so on.

    It is a deplorable misuse of a free press to induce this kind of extremist nonsense, not to mention dangerous. After two years of being exposed as purveyors of fake news, you'd think the press would learn. But apparently not.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    If anyone thinks we don't have a national emergency, please ask the parents and siblings of people murdered by illegal aliens including gang members.

    If still not convinced, please ask family members of those who live lives of addiction to drugs that came across our southern border.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    @Paul

    Who was it measured that carbon dioxide "density" 400,000 years ago?

    🤗

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:50 p.m.

    Rep Stewart worries that the Democrats might use the Emergency Powers Act to respond to "gun violence" or "climate change." However, if you look at the Emergency Powers Act, the Act only relates to any "unusual or extraordinary threat THAT HAS ITS SOURCE . . . OUTSIDE THE US." Illegal immigration has its source outside of the US. Leftists claim "gun violence" (a misnomer btw) has its origins in the US. Furthermore, there is no indication that the President has any authority to infringe on a fundamental right such as the right to bear arms. Illegals do not have a fundamental right to ignore our immigration laws and forcefully storm our borders. If "climate change" were the issue, the Emergency Powers Act only gives the President authority to use his powers to punish sources of climate change outside of the US. Perhaps a President would do well to place embargoes on goods from the greatest foreign polluters. Rep Stewart should have his staff lawyers read the Emergency Powers Act before worrying about executive orders that could never occur under any circumstances.

  • Bill-B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:32 p.m.

    The “Wall” and other boarder security measures should have been in place years ago. We are talking about our children and grandchildren’s futures here. We do not need our country filled with people who have been just walking across from all kinds of countries who have no intentions of becoming legal citizens. There is a right way to enter the United States and the there the illegal way, any detourance is a step in right direction. They need to take the money from Guzman and fix the problem he had a huge part in causing.

  • search diligently Lehi, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:26 p.m.

    Anyone who believes this is just a "contrived" emergency has not really studied the history of the southern border. Several prior presidents including Obama considered it a "grave danger" to our citizens and "pressing problem". And much has been done to alleviate the issues but putting up borders and fences, barriers and, yes, even walls. But it is not complete.

    I have agreed with Congressman Stewart in most everything else but when he says the following, I think he is naive. ""It deeply worries me that a future Democratic president may consider gun violence or climate change a 'national emergency' and what actions they may then take."

    Whether Trump declares an emergency or not will affect little what a future Democrat president will do.

    Too often compromises are made thinking that cooperation and returning the favor will take place. This is entirely not true with the recent ingenuine intent of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. They said stop the government shutdown and then we will negotiate. Yet there was no good faith intent on their part to seriously consider funding a wall or barrier or any such thing. That was more than obvious.

    Build that wall.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    Paul8777 - Brigham City, UT
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    If Trump's action stands, there's ample work for the next Democratic President to do.
    ---

    Don't worry, the next National Emergency will declare the Democratic Party to be illegal, and so, there will only be Republicans in government.

    Trump hasn't burnt down the Capital building, but this created 'emergency' is inching towards a power grab.

    For all the complaints about Obama, Trump has engaged in more golf and power grabbing, no euphemism there, than seen in recent times from a President.

    One can only hope that the Republicans in the Senate will see this for what it is, naked abuse of power, and step back from the abyss.

    FDR didn't get his party's support for his attempt to 'stack' the Supreme Court in 1937, Republicans should rein in Trump in his attempt to end run the power the Constitution delegates to Congress in matters of budget.

  • Count Rushmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 11:33 a.m.

    "For example, how about unwinding all judicial appointments resulting from the infiltration of the Executive Branch and Senate by agents of a hostile power, for the years 2017-2020?"
    It is astonishing that there are people in the USA who actually think this way. No evidence needed, only fabricated charges followed by endless repetition of innuendo. Propaganda is working as intended.

    It's funny that the DesNews will publish an article quoting Rep. Stewart's words when they express opposition to President Trump, but not when they express opposition (in the strongest possible terms) to Andrew McCabe. As I said, propaganda is working as intended. And it's really not funny, not at all.

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    Waves of tens of thousands of people are trying to storm out borders all at once from countries all around the world. They have stormed the border guards throwing rocks and attacking them physically. Along the way through Mexico, they have apprehended murderers, drug dealers, gang members/violent criminals and even islamic terrorists infiltrating these big groups before they get to the border. Who knows how many they don't catch? The border crossings are down because Trump sent the military and made a deal with Mexico to keep them on the other side. Obama let them right through and they never kept their amnesty application court dates, so we now have millions of illegals in our country thanks to the Democrats and failed border policies. Drug trafficking, child prostitution/slavery and MS13 gang members crossing are still at epidemic levels. Additionally, lets increase legal immigration and let in the best and brightest come that earn their way here legally and want to be US citizens, not the worst of these 2nd and 3rd world countries with no education or job skills, no desire to learn English or integrate and further push our social safety net programs past the brink.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Feb. 15, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    @Herbert Gravy - "@Daedalus. Sorry. There is no "contrived" emergency. Just a real emergency that threatens our sovereignty...."

    Trump apparently disagrees: "I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster.”

    Trump said this today in the =very same= speech when he announced his personal-national emergency.

    Incredible.

    By saying those words, Trump doomed the chances that a court will uphold his declaration of a national emergency because he makes it clear Trump himself believes this "emergency" is discretionary on his part.

    I realize Trump followers sincerely believe this is a national crisis that requires immediate action. But Trump himself is doing and saying things that are diametrically opposed to addressing border security with more barriers. With such an unforced error, it seems certain that his declaration will be enjoined and NOTHING will happen for at least a year or two. Nothing.

    Trump.

    His words. Today.

    Not Pelosi. Not Schumer. Not Hillary, Obama, AOC, or AOL.

    Trump.

    Trump is the guy Trump supporters need to be opposing.

    Good luck with that.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 10:58 a.m.

    Senator Lee and Rep. Curtis voted against the bill sent to Trump. That means they voted for another government shutdown. The federal government workers in Utah salute you for your support .

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 10:45 a.m.

    The immigration crisis started with our foreign policies and activities in other countries. It was then escalated for the past 30 years by failed Congresses who did not do their job and pass meaningful immigration legislation as they went along. If they had we would not have the crisis we have today. Kicking the can down the street and not doing the hard parts of your job is never the answer. They apparently didn't learn that lesson along the way. Trump has intentionally created a nonstop crisis regarding the border and wall to get something done about our failing immigration system. His method is poor but he does have the nation's attention now about it. So, it is time for this Congress to pass well crafted, meaningful, comprehensive, and reasonable immigration reform. Not just pork barrel projects representatives want. They have the opportunity to do immigration reform as well as making sure our foreign policies regarding our involvement and engagement with other countries is sound, reasonable, and appropriate. We shouldn't be isolationists or world saviors.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    The more important question and decision facing Rep. Chris Stewart is whether he will vote where his words are and support a Congressional motion to overturn President Trump's declaration. It's easy to talk, but to actually put such talk into legal terms with a force of law by voting against Trump's declaration is much more substantial and is the real deal, not symbolic phrases that appease the heart, but not the reality. This isn't an easy decision for Rep. Stewart. President Trump is making life very difficult for many Republicans.

  • Christmas Carole Hurricane, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    Bishop:"He needn't even be in this position if congress would have done its job and funded both the government and border security. This is a failure of Congress to act."
    Critics of wall,refer to an article in DN by CEO of The Undeground Railroad Tim Ballard.As Bishop,"I am frustrated with Democrat leadership, who have supported border security in the past, but now are insisting upon an inadequate compromise out of pure political spite."Tim Ballard:"We ask them to honestly consider whether or not they have ever run rescue operations along the border and truly understand how the complexities of border operations function in the real world. We ask them to consider whether or not they have ever utilized the wall and accompanying ports of entry to rescue children. We ask them to consider why every agency and organization who has carried out child rescue operations at the border — the experts — support the building and construction of a wall or barrier. Mexican authorities have uncovered at least 19 different land-based smuggling routes where victims are taken and trafficked for sex in the United States. Downplaying the crisis with disinformation puts our children in grave danger."

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:17 a.m.

    The President is considering this action because he feels that he was out played by the Democrats. He negotiated a deal that is worse than the pre-shutdown offer. Of course, he was out played.

    Mr. President, please set precedent by declaring a national emergency. Action inspired by your vanity will establish great power for future Democrat presidents. Representative Chris Stewart is 100% correct. Thank you, Donald Trump, for showing the path around the obstructionist Mitch McConnell.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:11 a.m.

    The boy-president cried wolf.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    Last year, nearly 40,000 people in the United States died from gun violence. Over 14,000 of those were homicides. 2/3 were suicides. That's a national emergency.

    For more than 400,000 years, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was below 300 parts per million. Since 1950, it surpassed that amount, and now stands at 400 ppm. As a result, the climate and the oceans are warming at a rate that will result in catastrophic climate disruption within 10-20 years. That's a national and global emergency.

    Meanwhile, illegal border crossings have fallen from nearly 1.6 million in 2000 to about 400,000 in 2018. The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States fell from 12.2 million in 2007 to 10.7 million in 2016. Meanwhile U.S. citizens commit crimes at a rate of about 1800 per 100,000 population. Undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a rate of about 700 per 100,000 population. Murders by U.S. citizens are about 4 per 100,000 population. Murders by undocumented immigrants are at about 3 per 100,000 population. There is no national emergency, nor crisis on the border.

    If Trump's action stands, there's ample work for the next Democratic President to do.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    Mr. Curtis, you and your club have not done a good job for many years now. You hurt America every day. You are all an embarrassment to the foundation of America. Both parties have damaged our country almost beyond repair. Don’t blame other people, you have the power and make all the horrible rules that the rest of us have to live by. Save the finger pointing for you and all of your friends there in Washington.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:48 a.m.

    What Rep Stewart fails to admit is that Dems will do whatever they will want when they have power. We saw it in Obamacare and we will see it in socializing the country.
    Its a "Take what you can world" and Trump better do the wall now. What I can't understand is why the Repubs didn't get the wall done when they had power

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    @Daedalus

    Sorry. There is no "contrived" emergency. Just a real emergency that threatens our sovereignty. And our common sense.

  • countryvoice3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:42 a.m.

    We continually hear from Trumpies, that illegal immigration has been a problem for decades and no one has done anything about it ..finally Trump is doing something.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. There have been many immigration laws and actions resulting in a decline in both illegals in the country and illegals detained and sent home (this figure has dropped by two thirds since 2004).

    Of course the unspoken is the belief that a wall will "stop", "end" illegal migration. That assumption is absurd on it's face, if for no other reason than a vast majority of illegals got here legally in the first place.

    We're right to worried about drugs and human trafficking but it's absurd to think a wall would be a more effective deterrent than intelligence, border agents, and sophisticated technology, all of which could be put in place nearly immediately.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    Mistake? It's malfeasance at best, treason at worst.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    Congress controls the purse strings and writes the laws. If the people want to change anything, it starts with Congress.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    There is no crisis on the Southern border. Illegal crossings are at a 50 year low. And now Trump wants to spit in the face of the Constitution for a cheap political gimmick. One commentator on a show this morning referred to the Banana Republicans, an apt description of those in the GOP who give Trump's ill-informed and ill-conceived wall any credibility and then support and encourage a national emergency. Instead of going through the Constitutional process, including appropriations, Trump will play a dangerous game. Like the McConnell erosion of the Constitutional process with the Garland nomination, Republicans are proving that they prefer raw power to get what they want, and it is more important that the Constitution, the rule of law, and the our revered institutions. The threat to the nation is coming from the right. Hopefully Stewart and other Utah Republicans will do what's right and holler loudly about it rather than rubber-stamp a wannabe tyrant.

  • Crusader Layton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    Great move Trump. In two years we will be able to divert money from the Pentagon and put it towards a real National Emergency like Global Warming.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:26 a.m.

    Relax folks---all of this is going to be paid for by Mexico in a way that can't really be described but that Trump loyalists will be convinced by nonetheless. Not a cent is going to come out of American taxpayers pockets. My dearest hope is that when this disaster of a Presidency is over, Dems will use the same strategy to combat gun violence and climate change regulations (which actually are emergencies).

  • charrette Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:13 a.m.

    A bruised ego does not constitute a national emergency. Trump is out of control.

    Border officials have gone on record to say there is no more crime there than any other city their size. They flat out said there IS no emergency.

  • mohokat , 00
    Feb. 15, 2019 8:05 a.m.

    U. S. Congress an international embarrassment

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:57 a.m.

    Tell me if you've heard this before:

    Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Trumpty had a great fall; all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.

    Who thought that an uncompromising businessman would make a good president? Politics is all about compromise. A president who can't compromise is usually an ineffective president.

    I don't support either of the two main political parties (or any weird outlier political parties). I have noticed that In our U.S. political system a natural type of check and balance has been created by the two major political parties. When one political party is in power in the Presidency, and when the other party is in power in Congress, neither party has full power and both parties are forced to compromise to get anything accomplished--which usually leads to fair laws, which don't tend to favor the interests of either party. However, when one political party gains full power in both the Presidency & in Congress, that's when we get extremist laws, which oftentimes favor the interests of one party over the other. Therefore, I am always hopeful that one political party will not gain full power, even for a short time.

  • amigo sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    And Representative Stewart came to this conclusion after spending hours talking to his constituents?....not even close. We voted Trump in Representative....now leave him alone to complete his main campaign platform.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    Thank you Rep. Stewart for calling out the President, as you should, when he oversteps his himself.

  • MarkJ South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    If Trump can do this, what's to stop him from declaring other "emergencies" designed mainly to keep himself in power. How far can a president take this before it borders on dictatorship?

    And if this precedent is set, what's to stop any future president from using this route to implement personal or political agendas that, like this one, do not have the support of a majority of Americans?

    Checks and balances are a good thing, even when they slow something that you think needs to happen right away. Whether you think we should build a wall or not, any supporter of democracy should be opposed to this route to build one.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:40 a.m.

    The sad part is that it was just over 30 years ago that Congress gave up some of their power to check the President when they passed the National Emergency Powers Act in 1977.

    It is funny how we are just now seeing the fruits of the bad legislation from the past 50 years finally catching up to us.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:40 a.m.

    Please tell me why it is a "mistake" to protect the sovereignty of this country and insist on LEGAL immigration.

    Thanks.

  • Porter Hangem SF, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:30 a.m.

    All those who voted for this bil needs a background check on there off shore accounts and bitcoin ownership!!! Nobody is that stupid except for mittens.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:29 a.m.

    "Remember 2005? 400,000 undocumented marching in Chicago. And LA."

    No, I don't remember nearly 1/2 million people marching in Chicago or LA.

    Simply because it DIDN'T happen !

    Do some research and you can easily find the truth.

    But that takes a little effort . . . .

    Seek the truth -- it's the only way we can try to Make America Sane Again

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:19 a.m.

    I fully support President Trump on building the wall.

    Get behind the POTUS, Chris Stewart! I am so tired of some of the Republicans not supporting this man! This has emerged into a national emergency when tens of thousands of people from around the world think they can simply walk across our borders as immigrants and expect a free pass into our country. Sex trafficking, illegal drugs, and criminals coming across are reason enough to protect our country! Take off the blinders.

    Those opposed to this merely want votes from these people who would vote for Dems to turn our country into a dictatorship! Food stamps, SS benefits, free-for-all health care, why would they not?

    Common sense! Build the wall.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    We are in La La land. There is no incursion (illegal immigration is the lowest in decades), there is literally no emergency, and no, Donald, the wall is not being built, and is not even needed. How long are Americans going to put up with this nonsense?

    Maybe Romney is waiting for the ink to dry on the fake emergency, but the comment he made was weak, at best. I thought he was going to be a truth-teller.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 6:51 a.m.

    More politicians stonewalling a President's campaign promise.

    The republicans had control of congress and were not able to get it done.

    Build that wall, whatever it takes!

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 5:55 a.m.

    ""He needn't even be in this position if congress would have done its job and funded both the government and border security. This is a failure of Congress to act," Bishop said.

    Two years. Republicans held all the keys and power to fix this problem. They sat on it. Did nothing. The only people that should be blamed for Trump being in this position are people like Bishop when they look in the mirror. It's just that simple.

    If this is truly an emergency, why wasn't it prioritized earlier. How did it rise to the level of "emergency" only in the last few months? Nothing on the ground has changed. It's time those who were in the last congress admit they blew it, let both Trump and the American people down, and now sit down at the table and do their jobs.

    Bishop could have authored a bill..... could have sent it to committee. He choose not to. Had other priorities. Now the job is harder, but still get it done. Quit hiding from responsibility and blaming others for your own inaction.

  • Hearseman Perkinston, MS
    Feb. 15, 2019 5:36 a.m.

    Look how long some of those senators have been in office and every election cycle preached about boarder security and have done nothing. They complain about the cost! Hillary Clinton seems to have misplaced 6 Billion dollars and the military a couple of Trillion and it seems nobody in interested in looking for it. They never even talk about it! This was OUR money.
    We are way past time for term limits on these people and seem to be lacking in the accountability part.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:33 a.m.

    Border security is an essential element to any country. Build it and love it...

  • Grammy3 Riverton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:18 a.m.

    It is time to build the wall. I lived close to the Boarder in San Diego years ago. I would hate to be driving at night or having my husband drive as there was always an Illegal crossing the freeway when it was dark. Most of the time they were dressed in dark clothing so that they would not be noticed. Do you know how many young people or even older people along with little children were hit by cars trying to come into our Country. Something has to be done. Not only to keep us safer but also to keep those who are coming in and not being caught safe. This is the United States of America something needs to be done. When I lived out of the Country for a couple of years I had to have my I. D. with me all of the time. I had to go through the proper channels to get in and out of that Country. So why do those who are against this wall do not want that. I am guessing so that they can get cheaper help, or more votes when it is time for the election. President Trump ran on Building the Wall and making our Country great again. This is part of him keeping his promises to all of us who voted for him.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 10:33 p.m.

    Who cares anymore! This is all a joke. Nobody owns up to their own words or actions, NOBODY! Not Democrats, not Republicans. Every single one of them is just a bunch of whiny cry babies, from the bottom all the way to the top. Kids could handle this kind of thing better in grade school playground. Politicians voting for bills they completely disagree with because their bill they want passed is set as an ear mark within the bill. Every single politician is out for themselves.

    Democrats know that a border wall, albeit a expensive one is a good thing. They know this. Any half decent American knows it is, because they do also want what is best for America. And ever Republican knows that Trump is not the best president and puts his ego first in everything, but even he wants what’s best for America. Yet everyone sticks to the party line.

    So be it, I am former military who has reached the point of exhaustion of this garbage. Liberal Democrats and far right Republicans can keep their pride and let America slowly be lead down the path of distruction, because nobody has common sense anymore. Lets talk about when the next revolution will start. I’m sure it’s coming.

  • utahcoyote St. George, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 10:23 p.m.

    for the first two years of the trump administration there was no border emergency, no threats about lack of wall funding, and no threats to use executive power in an unprecedented manner.

    he loses the house of representatives to the democrats and suddenly there is a border emergency which needs immediate wall funding, or will he will declare a national emergency. has there ever been someone more partisan?

    think we know who actually brought the swamp to washington~~the swamp creature himself.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 9:21 p.m.

    In November 2014, while blasting Obama for using executive action regarding immigration and Mexico, trump said, " "Now he has to use executive action and this is a very, very dangerous thing that should be overwritten easily by the Supreme Court."

    Trump was also asked if the Obama had committed any impeachable offenses. He said Obama could certainly be impeached for his executive action on immigration.

    "Well, he certainly did something that was unconstitutional," Trump said. "Now, it depends on Justice (John) Roberts. If he wants to just curry favor in the Beltway like he did with Obamacare, because that's the only reason he did it. Because he knows he was wrong, but it certainly depends on what happens. I mean, I think certainly he could be impeached and certainly they could shut down the government."

    And in a Tweet in November 2014, trump wrote : "Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress."

    But now ?

    Make America Sane Again and impeach trump

  • utah chick MSC, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:50 p.m.

    Yuge Opportunity Here - Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:15 p.m.
    He'd better do something more than 50 or 60 miles.

    Remember 2005? 400,000 undocumented marching in Chicago. And LA.

    Have you considered who picks your fruit and vegetables? Have you thought about who works the Dairy farms? Is it the layabout folks who incessantly poach the system. Who works those jobs? WHO Works those jobs?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:25 p.m.

    A dangerous precedent for either party. 9/11 was a national emergency. The border situation is a crisis -not an emergency.

    Trump received $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barriers in Texas's Rio Grande Valley. He should make the most of this. He can also access around 6-8 billion from other sources to work on barriers without declaring a national emergency. One place he can get it is tax refunds Americans have never claimed. He can take some from military construction funds and several other places to get even more than he was asking for with the 5.8 billion.

    Even if he declared a national emergency our gov't is not equipped or able to build a massive concrete wall all at once spending billions of dollars. He can continue to work on barriers where they are needed along while other beefed-up border security efforts to help stop the massive amount of drugs & undocumented people coming across our borders. There is so much that can be done with both parties working together and compromising.

    The U.S. is not Russia or China. Trump is not a dictator or a king. He needs checks & balances. Our forefathers created 3 branches of gov't to prevent serious abuses of power.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:15 p.m.

    He'd better do something more than 50 or 60 miles.

    Remember 2005? 400,000 undocumented marching in Chicago. And LA.

    Trump was doing reality TV then...and Congress (and GWB) were fiddling while Rome burned. It's been the same, sad story for decades now. Democrats and Republicans in the White House and controlling Congress.

    Trump understood our frustration and got elected.

    Congress is still fiddling. Trump is DOING something.

    As always, the 9th Circuit will do an injunction and tie things up for a year or two. The same suspects will say the same things - time for "comprehensive immigration reform." (Read: Amnesty.)

    Who wants amnesty? Activists, progressives, elites, globalists, corporations, churches, the Chamber, unions...everybody but the people who believe we have been made chumps by trespassers.

    Washington is not capable of fixing this. They will stop Trump. And Trump will get a second term just to spite the amnesty crowd.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:11 p.m.

    "Lee said it's too early to comment until the White House announces specific plans and identifies the legal justification for its actions."

    There's no emergency. It's not too early to comment on this, and never has been.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:50 p.m.

    The "emergency" on the border is not a mistake. It's a fabricated, fear mongering distraction tool from Trump.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:47 p.m.

    The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that cannot be infringed by executive order. Illegal immigration is not a fundamental right. I'm appalled that there are Congress men and women who can't understand the distinction. Incidentally, arming citizens between the ages of 18 and 45 with semi-automatic rifles ("assault rifles") is a vital part of our national defense and written into the United States Code as the Civilian Marksmanship Program. During WWII Japan opted not to attack the US Mainland because of the belief that there is a man with a rifle behind every blade of grass. How many hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of lives on both side of the conflict were spared because of that deterrent?

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:43 p.m.

    Well, Mr. Stewart, he's from your party. Your party leadership gave him a blanket guarantee of support in the House for two years in the House, and continues to support him in the Senate.

    If you want to lead--or follow--a movement toward honest Republicans standing up to Trump--staking out a claim for honest, principled conservatism that isn't in thrall to the emotionally stunted man-child in the White House, be my guest. Our country needs it.

  • alternative Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 6:56 p.m.

    Build the wall. MAGA TRUMP

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 14, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    Stewart is right. Even if it's for the wrong reasons.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 6:23 p.m.

    After years of politicians promises, it has become an emergency.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    Feb. 14, 2019 5:18 p.m.

    Way to go Trump.

    Now when the Democrats take office they will push whatever they want and just call it a national emergency.

    Donald Trump is the best thing for Democrats and the worst for Republicans ever.

    Save us please, Mitt.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:56 p.m.

    Article: "On Trump's intention to declare a national emergency, Lee said it's too early to comment until the White House announces specific plans and identifies the legal justification for its actions."

    No.

    No, it is not too early to comment on Trump's stated plan to declare a national emergency because he proved incapable of properly negotiating and humiliated himself and his followers as a result.

    No time is required to say what Rep. Stewart said, which is basic common sense: setting a precedent for this slow-motion, ego-fondlng, contrived "emergency" only gives this powerful tool to the Democrats to abuse in whatever creative ways they can think of.

    For example, how about unwinding all judicial appointments resulting from the infiltration of the Executive Branch and Senate by agents of a hostile power, for the years 2017-2020?

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    Article: "On Trump's intention to declare a national emergency, Lee said it's too early to comment until the White House announces specific plans and identifies the legal justification for its actions."

    No.

    No, it is not too early to comment on Trump's stated plan to declare a national emergency because he proved incapable of properly negotiating and humiliated himself and his followers as a result.

    No time is required to say what Rep. Stewart said, which is basic common sense: setting a precedent for this slow-motion, ego-fondlng, contrived "emergency" only gives this powerful tool to the Democrats to abuse in whatever creative ways they can think of.

    For example, how about unwinding all judicial appointments resulting from the infiltration of the Executive Branch and Senate by agents of a hostile power, for the years 2017-2020?

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:50 p.m.

    Stewart is wrong again...

    WHAT was Wrong, was voting for the omnibus twice, Stewart?

    Get on the bus......or get left behind! It's time to build the wall!