In a Facebook Note post titled “If the president triggers the National Emergencies Act of 1976 …” on Friday morning, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, host of the Fox News “Life, Liberty & Levin” TV program, author and American lawyer Mark Levin blasted RINOs and the leftwing media on the National Emergencies Act of 1976, saying, President Donald Trump rightly views illegal immigration as an emergency.
“While the National Emergencies Act of 1976 should be rarely used for real emergencies, it has in fact been used over fifty times without controversy,” stated Mark Levin in his Facebook Note. “The fact is the leftwing media and the RINOs do not view illegal immigration and the cumulative importation of millions of aliens into our country in violation of federal law as a big deal. If they did, they would’ve acted long before Trump became president. The president rightly does view it as an emergency. The law itself, as used by the president, does not violate separation of powers in this instance as it is applied quite narrowly, with the president moving around funds which he is empowered to do, again by Congress.”
Mark Levin’s Facebook Note came after the White House announced that President Donald Trump would sign the $1.37 billion border security deal, but, according to CNSNews.com, Trump “will take executive action, ‘including a national emergency,’ to get additional funding to follow through on his promise to build the wall.” Reported CNSNews.com further down the piece, “Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said if the president moves forward with an emergency declaration, he will be doing an ‘end run around Congress’ and Democrats will review their options and respond once Trump acts.”
As pointed out in a Politico piece, cited at the bottom of Levin’s Facebook Note, news that President Trump would “use his emergency powers to try to build his border wall blindsided some Republicans, confused others and sent the Senate GOP into a general state of shock.” Sen. Marco Rubio has warned Trump “against declaring a national emergency over border funding, saying it could set a precedent that could be dangerous for Republicans in the future,” reported Business Insider. “‘If today, the national emergency is border security ... tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change,’ Rubio said Wednesday during an interview on CNBC's ‘Squawk Box’.”
“Leftwing media and RINOs don’t represent the GOP. Nor are they defenders of the Constitution,” wrote Mark Levin. “The National Emergencies Act of 1976 was created by Congress. It has been used scores of times. The media never cared. The RINOs never said a word before. Nor did they act to repeal it. Now they object? Look at Rubio. He opposes the government shutdown, he opposes the bill the Congress passed and the president signed (he’s right about that), and he opposes use of the National Emergencies Act. Effectively, then, he would leave the border wide open since he has no practical solution and objects the to the president using any of his powers to act. And the so-called comprehensive immigration reform he helped author several years ago demonstrated what a failure the Gang of Eight members were in tackling this problem.”
Levin goes on suggesting that the RINOs that are “whining” to the leftwing media today are the same ones who have “tolerated,” for years, “if not passively supported the current state of immigration chaos.” And “none of these RINOs did anything legislatively that stopped the blatantly unconstitutional Obama/Democrat DACA, which they now support or, again, effectively tolerate, along with sanctuary cities and lawless judges who protect them.”
In the final paragraph of his Facebook Note, Levin chastises RINOs and the leftwing media, suggesting that they “don’t mind at all the creation of the entire bureaucracy and the delegation of law-making to it by Congress, over the period of the last century, which delegation has always violated separation of powers.” Noting that this bureaucracy is “now called” the “administrative state or swamp,” Levin again excoriates conservatives in Congress, saying, not a single one of them “has even tried to do anything effective” about the swamp. “And the pseudo-constitutionalists of today haven’t given a damn about it either,” Levin concluded.