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Long-time actor and director Rob Reiner is one of many Hollywood celebrities to have frequently expressed disdain for President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to his border policies.

However, Reiner’s stated opposition to Trump’s border policies hasn’t stopped the “All in the Family” star from implementing a barrier to protect his own home. So reporters from The Daily Caller paid a visit to Los Angeles to check out Reiner’s massive wall.

Check out Reiner’s wall that protects his Los Angeles home in the video above, and see how Hollywood elites protect their homes.

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Bernard Kerik | Security Consultant, Broadcast Commentator

So much for Nancy Pelosi’s vow that Democrats would never let President Trump build his “immoral” wall.

The Democrat Speaker of the House was adamant that “we’re not doing a wall” in January, when she thought that her new House majority would be able to easily stymie the President’s efforts to secure the border, but it turns out that she was wrong in just about every way possible.

As the Daily Caller reported Thursday, President Trump’s experts have directed enough funds since he took office to build more than half of the 722 miles of wall we need to protect the porous border with Mexico. About 111 miles are either currently under construction or have already been built.

Much of the funding is tied to the president’s recent executive actions to free up more than $6 billion for wall construction, but work was proceeding on the border barrier even before the Democrats capitulated on Pelosi’s hardline position by agreeing to appropriate $1.375 billion for wall construction as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.

In fiscal year 2017, Congress allocated $341 million for 40 miles of border wall, 37 of which are complete or in progress. The following year, lawmakers appropriated another $1.375 billion for 82 miles of new or replacement barriers, of which 74 miles are already at various stages of completion.

That represented a good start, but President Trump told the nation in no uncertain terms that more funding would be needed in order to address the worsening crisis on our southern border. When the Democrats refused to provide the necessary money for border security, the President found it himself by using his statutory authority to reallocate previously-appropriated funds. His emergency action came just in the nick of time — ahead of a staggering surge in illegal immigration.

We’re now on pace for the worst year on the border in more than a decade, and the 76,000 illegal border crossings in February was the highest number for a single month in over a decade. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol expects to make at least 900,000 apprehensions by the end of 2019, which experts warn could stress our border security capabilities to the “breaking point.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has even informed Congress that “these increases will overwhelm the system entirely,” stating unequivocally that “This is not a manufactured crisis. This is truly an emergency.”

Without immediate action, this crisis is only going to get worse. Thankfully, President Trump reached his own “breaking point” with Congress weeks ago, and is taking the necessary steps to secure the border using his national emergency powers.

The wall is going to be built, and in fact, we’ve been building the wall at a steady pace ever since Donald Trump took office. No amount of histrionics from Nancy Pelosi can change that.

Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) oversaw the New York City Department of Correction from 1995-2000 as its first deputy and commissioner. He served as NYPD commissioner from 2000-2001, including during its response to the 9/11 attack. He is the founder of the Kerik Group, which provides clients with homeland security, police and correctional training, criminal justice and prison-reform strategies.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump will submit his annual budget to Congress Monday for fiscal year 2020, which requests $8.6 billion in border wall funding and cuts domestic spending, officials familiar with the plans tell The Daily Caller.

The two pillars of Trump’s budget requests represent the administration’s priorities going into the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s $8.6 billion request would provide funding for approximately 344 additional miles of border wall, assuming a generally accepted figure of a required $25 million-per-mile.

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People work on the U.S./ Mexican border wall on February 12, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Daily Caller analysis previously found that Trump has secured funding for approximately 422 miles of the requested 722 miles between his national emergency declaration, executive actions, and congressionally appropriated funding. (RELATED: Trump Will Sign Border Bill, Declare National Emergency)

An administration official stressed to The Caller that this figure constitutes of either 18-foot bollard wall fencing or 32-foot levee wall fencing, which is the barrier that Trump has emphasized as necessary.

The budget request aligns with a signature Trump campaign slogan “Finish The Wall,” which was emblazoned high and wide in a recent campaign rally at the border in El Paso, Texas. The president’s budget also pays homage to long-held conservative desires to cut federal government spending, proposing an approximately 5-percent cut on non-defense spending.

The border division between Mexico and the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 26, 2017. (HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The border division between Mexico and the U.S. in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 26, 2017. (HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The administration will simultaneously seek a large increase in military spending in a maneuver designed to force Democrats to accept spending cuts and not increase current caps.

A senior administration official previously explained to the Caller that one strategy behind the spending caps fight is to decouple it from raising the debt ceiling. Congress is quickly approaching the deadline for raising the debt limit, increasing the risk that the United States could default on its record-high $22 trillion national debt.

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National Emergencies not unprecedented

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UPDATED 1:32 PM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

The first declaration under the National Emergencies Act of 1974 came during the Iran hostage crisis, which is a national emergency that is still active today. Former President Jimmy Carter blocked Iranian government property from entering the country, a move which has been renewed each year by all presidents since then.

“The steps I’ve taken today are those that are necessary now, other action may become necessary if these steps don’t produce the prompt release of the hostages,” President Carter stated the day he declared it.

President Trump has already issued three national emergency declarations during his tenure. The most prominent one is meant to punish foreign actors who interfere in U.S. elections. He’s also invoked his emergency powers to slap sanctions of human rights abusers around the world as well as on members of the Nicaraguan government amid corruption charges.

In his eight years office, former President Barack Obama declared 12 states of national emergency. These declarations touched on subjects from the H1N1 virus and blocking property transfers to people with connections to certain countries. Nearly all of his national emergencies are still active today.

Before that, former President George W. Bush declared 13 emergencies and former President Clinton declared 17 national emergencies, most of which are still active today.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In President Trump’s case, there’s two statutes that come to mind which allow the redirection of military construction funds. Questions remain as to whether building a border wall is actually a military construction project or whether the president can declare eminent domain over private property. However, even Democrat lawmakers have said he does, indeed, have the power to do so.

“Well unfortunately, the short answer is yeah, there is a provision in law that says the president can declare an emergency, its been done a number of times, but primarily its been done to build facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq,” stated Representative Adam Smith.

The problem for Democrats is many legal scholars aren’t sure who, if anyone, would have the legal standing to challenge such a declaration with a lawsuit.

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President Trump declares a National Emergency at the southern border because of “invasion”

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UPDATED 8:56 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

President Trump said the U.S. is confronting a crisis at home, while declaring a national emergency over the issues at the border.

During a speech at the White House Friday, the president said the U.S. must handle what he described as the national security crisis at our southern border. He said he isn’t taking the action to fulfill a campaign promise, but rather because the country needs it.

The president said there’s an invasion of drugs, gangs and people coming into our country, and by signing the national emergency he is doing his part to try and stop it.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

“We’re talking about an invasion of our country, with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” explained President Trump.

Democrat leadership responded to the declaration by calling it unlawful. The president indicated it’ll likely get challenged in court, but he said he’s dealt with that before.

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House Democrats attempt to block president’s National Emergency declaration

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UPDATED 11:20 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Two Democrat representatives said they are co-sponsoring a bill to stop President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. The proposal by New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas congressman Joaqin Castro is an attempt to block the president’s move to secure additional border funding.

On Thursday, Castro called the declaration a “fake emergency,” saying he would be filing a joint-resolution under the National Emergency Act to terminate the declaration.

“There have been very critical comments that have been made by senators, including Republican senators, about the president’s ability and wisdom of declaring a National Emergency for this purpose,” he stated.

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro. 9Photo/TOM WILLIAMS/AP)

In a recent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said she and Castro aren’t going to let the president declare an emergency without a fight.

The House would have to vote on the resolution before it headed to the Senate.

When the bill would be introduced is still unknown as Congress has already adjourned, and will be out next week for the President’s Day holiday.

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Conservative lawmakers praise the President’s decision to declare a National Emergency

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UPDATED 10:27 AM PT — Friday, February 15, 2019

Top conservatives are praising the president’s decision to declare a National Emergency at the southern border.

Representative Mark Meadows tweeted Friday, saying he is seeing speculation Congress could override a presidential veto with GOP votes. However, he said that will not happen, because the votes aren’t there.

Meadows also said there is broad Republican and American support for the president to take legal action to protect families.

Meanwhile Representative Jim Jordan also chimed in by simply tweeting out “of course it’s a national emergency.” He then listed reasons why, which included caravans and angel families losing loved ones.

The lawmaker also asked what will it take for the left to acknowledge the crisis at the border.

Central American immigrants line up to register with Mexican Immigration officials at a shelter in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

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