Margaret Russell wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about the legal implications and constitutional barriers against Trump’s plan to build the border wall. Her piece was also quoted in an opinion article by the paper’s editorial writers, which ran in SFGate.

“Even though the president has appointed two Supreme Court justices — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — and counts on the support of the other three conservative members of the court, he does not realize that the constitutional principle of separation of powers is a deeply treasured one. Comparing his national emergency declaration to the Muslim travel ban is intellectually naive if politically strategic; and, even if he sees five justices on the court as “his guys,” in the end several of them may adhere to their previously expressed views and reject the president’s actions as an unconstitutional power grab.”