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Support the Troops—Don’t Declare an Emergency

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As congressional negotiators figure out how to fund the government after Friday, President Trump has asked his legal team to explore the option of declaring a national emergency and using defense resources to pay for part of a border wall. Using military money to solve an immigration problem is politically foolish, won’t work, and would hurt those in uniform. Once the president declares an emergency, he will likely invoke a law allowing the Pentagon to reprioritize construction money. Because the emergency must “require use...

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