As "national emergencies" go, illegal immigration across the border from Mexico just doesn't cut it. Illegal border crossings from Mexico have been on a long decline from the 1980s to the mid 2000s, when the government was apprehending between 1-1.6 million foreigners crossing at the southern border each year to this past year, when the rate had fallen to under 300,000.
More Americans died from prescription drugs last year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.
Trump may be handing both the House Democrats and Republicans frustrated with Trump's madness the issue that could actually get him impeached: the President's stated intent to bypass Congress with its Constitution-enshrined power of the purse by declaring a "national emergency" so he can build his wall along the whole Mexican border on his own dubious authority.
But, as underwhelming as the Democrat official response was from Pelosi and Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been marvelous.
Sanders's opening salvo? "As we speak, some 800,000 federal employees, people who are our neighbors, friends, and family members are going without pay. As working people, many of them are wondering how they will pay their mortgages, how they will feed their kids, and how they'll be able to go to the doctor. These are people in the FBI, in the TSA, in the State Department, in the Treasury Department, and other agencies who have, in some cases, worked for the government for years."
"Our federal employees deserve to be treated with respect," elaborated Sanders, "not held hostage as political pawns." Sanders packed more visceral humanity in the first minute or so of his remarks than in the entirety of Pelosi and Schumer's response. (Briahna Gray)