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Rep. Justin Amash's must-read thread on national emergencies and the Constitution


This man KNOWS the Constitution inside and out

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President Donald Trump announced Friday he would declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the southern U.S. border, which would, in theory, alleviate mass illegal immigration.

The decision, of course, is controversial, both because Democrats — along with millions of Americans — oppose building a border wall, and because Trump's decision may provide grounds for future Democratic presidents to declare national emergencies over issues they believe are critical, such as climate change.

But what about the constitutionality of Trump's decision? What would the Framers think of Trump's unilateral action that — for all intents and purposes — was taken to bypass Congress, the branch of government the Founding Fathers delegated legislative power.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — a staunch constitutional conservative — answered those questions on Friday in a must-read Twitter thread:

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