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November 16, 2016

Moving ahead - Using existing law?

Business Insider  
Immigration hardliner says Trump team is preparing plans for a wall, mulling Muslim registry
    An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump's policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
    Kobach, who media reports say is a key member of Trump's transition team, said he had participated in regular conference calls with about a dozen Trump immigration advisers for the past two to three months.

Glenn Spencer    
Building Hillary's Wall?
   I am not lawyer, but I can't imagine that a Trump administration could proceed to build a significant structure along the border without congressional approval without a new law --- unless he uses an existing law. The only law that would seem to apply is the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    As he proceeds, I encourage President-elect Trump to take the steps necessary to assure the American people that the border is being secured.
    The next question is: How would he pay for it? That would be up to his brain trust to figure out, but cutting waste and fraud in the Department of Homeland Security might provide a starting place.