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The real national emergency

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From the halls of Congress to the corridors of the State Department, there reigns an air of strange defeat.

Though shutdowns are part of the repertory of legislators, the one that ended in January was not only the longest but also the most absurd in the country’s history of representative obstruction.

And why?

Because President Trump wants his wall on the Mexican border.

Because hordes of migrants, he asserts, are poised to invade Texas and Arizona and have to be stopped at all costs.

A group of at least 16 states, including Maine and Connecticut, sued President Trump after his declaration of a national emergency over border security.

Because the Dreamers, whose real plan is to embrace the values and the credo of American exceptionalism, are in Trump’s eyes representative of a colossal enemy straddling the Rio Grande, leapfrogging outgunned customs officers, making straight for the country’s farms, there to cut the throats of the farmers’ wives and children.

And because to stop them, he says, we need to declare a state of emergency that Congress obviously does not wish to fund.

That Trump’s mutterings are not just fact-free but also obscenely defamatory is apparent to all of the sensible Republicans with whom I have been meeting lately in New York and Washington, though too few of them are saying it out loud.

The idea that America should come to define itself as a fortress assailed by a new army of........

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