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Trump declares emergency to fund border wall

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/15/19, 11:52 am

President Donald Trump announced Friday he is declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He plans to use executive powers to bypass Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought in a budget deal passed Thursday night that he is expected to sign Friday. At a news conference Friday in the White House Rose Garden, the president cited drug trafficking, violent crime, and sexual exploitation as reasons the United States needs better border security. He said he will redirect billions of dollars from federal military construction and drug enforcement for the effort.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to fund large swaths of the government and avoid another partial shutdown. The bill includes about $4.3 billion less than Trump insisted he needed to shore up the U.S. southern border. To bridge the gap, the president announced he will spend roughly $8 billion on border barriers—not necessarily a concrete wall—combining the money approved by Congress with funding he plans to repurpose through executive actions, including the national emergency.

Democrats in Congress and state governments indicated they planned to sue the administration to stop the executive action. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a rare joint statement, called it an “unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist,” adding it “does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation.”


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Comments

  • Icarus
    Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 03:23 pm

    Is it $4.3 million or Billion less than required (para 2 sentence 2)

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 06:07 pm

    Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected the sentence.

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    Xion
    Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 06:58 pm

    Wave after wave of illegal aliens taking advantage of vacuous immigration laws sounds like an emergency.  However, the critics never seem to notice the minor or stupid emergencies in the past that have little or no impact on national security.  

    - Water transportation Wilson 1913
    - A bank holiday FDR 1933
    - Postal strike Nixon 1970
    - Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels in Cuba Clinton 1996
    - Prohibiting the Importation of Rough Diamonds From Sierra Leone Bush 2001
    - Protecting Iraq property interests  Bush 2003
    - Protecting the Peace, Security and Stability of Yemen Obama 2012
    - Sanctions against election interference Trump 2018

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 02/16/2019 03:05 am

    It’s going to be interesting. 

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 02:47 am

    It's a national emergency but "I don't have to do it this way."  Right.

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