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For Debate: Can the President Use Emergency Powers to Build the Wall?

April 22, 2019


This year, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation declaring a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall along the southern border. Join national legal commentator Jonathan Turley and National Review editor Rich Lowry for a timely debate examining the constitutional legal arguments for and against Trump’s recent emergency declaration. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. 

This program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.



  • Rich Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997 by the magazine’s founder, William F. Buckley Jr. He writes a twice-weekly syndicated column and appears frequently as a political commentator on public-affairs programs. He is the author of The Case for Nationalism: How it Made Us Powerful, United, and Free, Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again, and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Jonathan Turley joined The George Washington Law School faculty in 1990. He has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues as well as tort reform legislation. He also is a nationally recognized legal commentator.
  • Jeffrey Rosen is the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public about the U.S. Constitution. Rosen is also professor of law at The George Washington University Law School and a contributing editor of The Atlantic.

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