By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: February 15, 2019 at 11:38 am | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 12:01 pm By ALAN FRAM, CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump announced Friday he was declaring a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he would use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move is already drawing bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and expected to face rounds of legal challenges. Trump made the announcement from the Rose Garden, as he claimed illegal immigration was “an invasion of our country.” Trump’s move followed a rare show of bipartisanship when lawmakers voted Thursday to fund … [Read more...] about Trump declares national emergency to build border wall
Declared a national emergency
By Rich Lowry | January 12, 2019 at 1:24 am President Donald Trump is playing with the idea of declaring a national emergency to build a border fence despite congressional opposition. This would make Trump the second president in a row willing to cut Congress out of the legislative process if it doesn’t agree to his priorities on immigration, and is a very bad idea. It would functionally be an end run around Congress’ power of the purse; create yet another precedent for “pen and phone” governance, which is not how our system is meant to work; and probably not achieve his substantive and political goals. Although declaring a national emergency sounds frightening, there is ample — indeed absurdly extensive — precedent for it. The nation is awash in more than two dozen, little-noticed declared national emergencies. So we have room for a national emergency at the border. The next step, which would presumably be reallocating military funds to building … [Read more...] about Declaring national emergency a very bad idea
“If we don’t make a deal — I mean, I would say 100%,” the president said, responding to a question about its likelihood. “But I don’t want to say 100% because maybe something else comes up. But if we don’t make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency and just fund it through the various mechanisms.” … [Read more...] about Trump vows he’ll ‘probably’ declare national emergency if Congress doesn’t OK wall money
Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman Associated Press Published 10:21 AM EST Jan 10, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump says it would be “very surprising” for him not to declare a national emergency if he can’t make a deal with Democrats to pay for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump is telling reporters as he leaves the White House for a Texas border visit that he would prefer to work with Congress on a deal to end the partial government shutdown and is open to compromise but will use his emergency powers to circumvent Congress if they can’t come to agreement. He said Thursday, “We have to get a win … or I will declare a national emergency.” He has talked about declaring a national emergency before. Trump also defends his repeated claims that Mexico will pay for his wall – even when Mexico has said it won’t. Trump says he “never said they were going to write out a check” and would … [Read more...] about Trump threatens to declare national emergency
In arguing that a wall is needed, administration officials have, among other things, said that nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were prevented from entering the U.S. in 2017. That number, however, counts stops made by Department of Homeland Security across the world, mainly at airports and not the southern border. … [Read more...] about Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his border wall — but will that work?