The president's declaration of a "national emergency" to spur construction of roughly 200 miles of physical wall along the U.S.-Maeico border has generated a lot of commentary, and plenty of threats of legal action. How might the courts look upon this emergency declaration? Prof.
One thing that did not occur in the president's State of the Union address was a declaration of a national emergency along the southern border. President Trump has considered the option in the face of congressional opposition to his request for a border wall. While that option may still be on the table, something else to consider is just how many "national emergencies" are currently active.
With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old, official Washington increasingly wonder whether and how things will get back to normal. But as we have written before, shutdowns can be instructive, if we remove the hysteria from them.