President Johnson issued a separate proclamation on August 20, 1866 ending the rebellion in Texas. It is mostly repetitious of his April 2nd proclamation except for the final paragraphs of it:December 26th?
The president does and did have the constitutional authority to close a port. A sovereign has the right to control its borders. Lincoln had the option to close a port or all of the ports to all traffic as a law enforcement measure. Enforcement however, could only be conducted within the territorial waters of the United States. Unlike the belligerent right to blockade where enforcement is conducted beyond territorial waters and violations are non-criminal matters taken to Prize Courts with punishment being directed at property rather than punishment being inflicted on the violator, a violation of a closed port order would be a criminal matter handled in Federal Court, subjecting the violator to prison and/or fines. Imposing the sovereign right of port closures on Southern ports would not have bestowed belligerent rights on the Confederacy as the blockade did.VII.-4/11/65-Closing certain ports. VIII.-Port of Key West to remain open (same date).
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