Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
President Donald Trump has reiterated he will stop at nothing to secure funding for his border wall as his intransigence drags out a government shutdown that is impacting some 800,000 workers. He is even toying with the idea of declaring a state of emergency to suspend Congress’ authority over military spending and direct the troops to build his wall, which could escalate the standoff into a full-blown constitutional crisis.
The problem is that Trump’s demand is simply too much for Congress. A border wall, his signature campaign promise of 2016, is impractical, would not work, would devastate communities and ecosystems, and above all would be a racist monument to Trump’s xenophobia.…