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WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what’s happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency.

Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida’s disaster agency under a Republican governor, said the push of refugees seeking asylum on the border with Mexico is not a national emergency.

President Donald Trump has called it a crisis and is weighing a national emergency declaration to bypass a reluctant Congress and fund his long-promised border wall. It is the issue that has led to the extended partial government shutdown.

The Obama administration appointed Fugate, who ran recovery operations to numerous hurricanes and other disasters, to manage the issue of separated migrant children.

“And that was a crisis,” Fugate said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. It was an issue of mass care, he said.

More terrorists come into the United States through the northern border than the southern, said Fugate, who was part of the Department of Homeland Security.

“I’ve yet to see anything physically stop illegal immigration,” Fugate said. He said it would be cheaper and more effective to spend money to reduce crime and poverty in areas the refugees are fleeing from to stop illegal immigration that way.

“This is posturing, blustering,” Fugate said. He said Trump is essentially saying, “If I can’t get Congress to fund it, I’m going to use my authority to bypass Congress.”

Fugate said he worries that it continues a trend of presidents being more powerful than the legislative and judicial branches, something he traces back to Abraham Lincoln and, more recently, Franklin Roosevelt. The Supreme Court stopped President Harry Truman from using national emergency powers to nationalize the steel industry, but Fugate said he worries that won’t happen if Trump declares a national emergency to bypass Congress.

“What happens if they suspend the vote? What happens if they suspend the Congress?” Fugate asked. “That’s what happens in countries where the executive branch is greater than the legislative and judiciary.”

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7 thoughts on “Former FEMA Boss Says Border Wall Is Not An Emergency

  1. charles on said:

    Amercia you are ALL being BAMBOOZOOLED by a ORANGE HEADED RACIST IGNORANT WHITE MF WHO IS SO DUMB HE CAN’T EVEN SPELL FOREST LEAD YOU DOWN THIS DARK HALF SHUTDOWN ABYSS.WAKE UP AND STOP LETTING THIS NUMBNUT STARVE YOU CHILDREN WHILE HE EATS #1 CHOICE STEAK EVERYNITE.A CRISIS HE CALLS IT THE REAL IS HIM AND HIS ENTOURAGE. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Phoenix Rising on said:

    Veteran behind GoFundMe for Trump’s wall allegedly pocketed money meant for wounded veterans.
    ++++++++
    Trumpanzees always get taken for a ride. 45/GOP love the uneducated. They view them as the gift that keeps on giving.

    • So he’s 1 person. We have 100 millions against this wall madness. The only national emergency in this country is that fool that’s pretending to be a prez. The fool is miserable in this job. He should do all of us a favor and leave.

      • Considering 54% of the pop faver boarder security that make 100 million against and 160 million for BTW you do realize this article is about (1) persons opinion too don’t you, as far as do “ALL” of us ..well there you go trying to speak for every one

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