President Trump is looking into tackling the California homelessness problem in Los Angeles and San Francisco, The rats are flourishing, and the fleas that they attract carry diseases, including typhus. The mayors of the city are not happy about Trump trying to inject himself in the problem, but they are doing absolutely nothing to alleviate the problem themselves. The president is checking out the best ways to give themselves the authority to move in and take care of the problem. Some doctors have warned about the return of the bubonic plague and other medieval diseases.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the White House is planning a “crackdown”:
President Trump has ordered White House officials to conduct a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California, citing the state’s growing crisis, according to four government officials aware of the effort.
The talks have intensified in recent weeks. Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other areas and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
The Post adds that “it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use.” In fact, it is quite clear how Trump could do it under existing law. The president could invoke the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to declare an emergency, and could also invoke the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988, which allows a president to override state authorities and bring in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if “he [the president] determines that an emergency exists for which the primary responsibility for response rests with the United States because the emergency involves a subject area for which, under the Constitution or laws of the United States, the United States exercises exclusive or preeminent responsibility and authority.”