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President Trump’s national emergency threatens democracy

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Democracy doesn’t die in darkness; it dies in the bright sunshine of congressional complicity.

There is no better example of this phenomenon, which has played out to varying degrees throughout two years of President Trump’s disreputable presidency, than the congressional Republican mealy-mouthed response to his announcement of a national emergency to build a wall on America’s southern border.

According to Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders, the president’s unprecedented action is intended to “ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

There is no crisis at the southern border.

Illegal border crossings have been dropping for close to two decades and, in fact, 2017 saw the lowest number of arrests at the border in nearly 40 years.

The president likes to fear-monger about undocumented immigrants coming into America to commit crime or aid the flow of illegal drugs into America. In reality, immigrants tend to commit crime at a lower rate than native-born Americans, and most drugs coming into the United States do so at legal points of entry.

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