"I am not normally political. This post will be an exception because I am an American and I am concerned.
Let us break this down.
Why? As shown by our original rebellion, Americans didn't want a King or a Dictator when we were setting up our government.
In this case, the executive branch wants to:
(1) take governmental cash,
(2) create its own law,
(3) take away private property from American citizens
At least three of these functions fall within the power/ responsibility of the legislative branch. So, what is the problem? This is one of the most naked power grabs by the executive branch over the others in recent history.
Second, a "National Emergency" is generally declared under these general conditions:
(1) Natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes to name a few.
(3) Military attacks.
(4) Civil insurrection.
The other 64% of that land is privately owned.
Ask yourself a simple question. When was the last time that you saw a governmental project brought in under time and under budget?
This estimated cost also does not include compensating folks for taking their land or the associated impact upon their businesses.