If no deal by Feb. 15 – Is it time for the President to declare a national emergency?y?


A reported 2,500 known or suspected terrorists illegally cross our southern border with Mexico every year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. A border that as we told you, CNN recently pointed out is only protected in some places by a simple chain-link fence or no fence at all.

And now another migrant caravan from Honduras is headed our way, including known gang members. Does that not sound like a national emergency to you?

Today on the broadcast, we discussed whether or not it’s finally time for President Trump to declare a national emergency over the security of our border. Democrats have continued to dig in their heels and not work with Republicans or the White House to enhance security.

Yesterday we told you how prominent Democrats had even admitted that enhanced border security, including a physical barrier, is necessary.

The question we put to the audience is, do you feel it’s time for the President to declare a national emergency over the border, and let Congress figure out how to reopen the government on their own?

Shortly after today’s show, the President announced that a temporary solution has been reached with Congress to reopen the government for 3 weeks, while negotiations resume to try to reach a deal for enhanced border security.

If no deal is agreed upon by Feb. 15th, we just might find ourselves in the same position, and the President says he is willing to consider declaring a national emergency.

At the ACLJ, we’ve prepared a lengthy legal memorandum supporting the President’s authority to declare an emergency over the border, if necessary.

You can listen to the entire episode here.

Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, renowned expert on religious liberty, a number 1 New York Times-bestselling author, and a respected broadcaster. Jay Sekulow is an attorney with a passion for protecting religious liberty – freedom – democracy. For nearly a quarter of a century, he’s been on the front lines – working to protect religious and constitutional freedoms in the courts, in Congress, and in the public arena. At the Supreme Court of the United States, Jay Sekulow has argued 12 cases – including several landmark cases which have become part of the legal landscape in the area of religious liberty litigation.

Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.