Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Donald Trump to declare national emergency over border wall, McConnell says

Donald Trump to declare national emergency over border wall, McConnell says

As part of the compromise, Congress will allocate $1.375 billion to construct steel post fencing along 55 miles of the U.S. -Mexico border-a far cry from the $5.7 billion for over 200 miles of wall that Trump first demanded prior to the shutdown.

Donald Trump has said he will declare a national emergency in an effort to secure resources to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Other conservative thought leaders put pressure on Trump, goading him into issuing a national emergency declaration as they attacked the budget deal for failing to fulfill the president's biggest promise to his base.

When Mr Trump warned that he might declare a national emergency over his wall earlier this year, some Republicans argued it would set a risky precedent. "Building a great Border Wall, with drugs (poison) and enemy combatants pouring into our Country, is all about National Defense". Lindsey Graham, have expressed their support for calling one to build the wall.

The move theoretically opens up at least 123 different powers that a USA president could use, according to experts. "The president should never again harm all three by forcing a government shutdown to get his way", he said. But pressure from the right, which saw Mr. Trump's stance as weak, caused his unwilling embrace of the measure to give way to another, more acceptable position: declaring a state of emergency.

But he also plans to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to obtain funds to build a wall on the U.S. southern border.

The bipartisan legislation would provide more than $300 billion to fund the Department of Homeland Security and eight other federal agencies. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the funding details. A department spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. The congressional aides said their data came from the Pentagon. "We can not rely on executive actions to get our job done", he said.

Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator and close confidante of the president, said: "He has all the legal authority in the world to do this and I will stand behind him".

America has survived many national emergencies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she might file a legal challenge. They also allow the president to "seize property, organise and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces overseas, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens", the document states.

The bi-partisan legislation includes £1bn ($1.3bn) for border security, but doesn't specifically divert funds for Mr Trump's wall.

The Trump administration has suggested that it could use national emergency powers to redirect money already committed by Congress for other purposes toward paying for Trump's wall. But it's not "a blank check to invoke "emergency" powers simply because he couldn't get what he wanted through the normal political process", said Brianne Gorod, chief counsel of the liberal-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center.

Assuming Trump follows through on his threat, he likely faces a court challenge.

"It does not fund the president's wall, but it does support smart border security initiatives that both parties have always supported". French said it's a "stretch" to think that the military is needed at the border. That means that White House lawyers have been looking to figure out how they can - they can really look at this in court and how they can defend the president.

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