President announces today he will use emergency funds to help secure $8 billion for border wall

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The president has decided he will go it alone, declaring a national emergency for his border wall, even though Congress passed a bipartisan bill to keep the government open.  The move is expected to cause a drawn-out legal war.

Unable to get the funds he wanted, the president going it alone, signing the bipartisan funding bill, but also declaring a national emergency for his border wall. This, even though Congress passed a bipartisan bill to keep the government open. 

The move is expected to cause a drawn-out legal war.

“It’s a great thing to do,” says President Donald Trump.  “We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable.”

With this move, the president securing nearly $8 billion: nearly $1.4 billion from the border security bill, $3.5 billion from the Pentagon construction budget with the emergency declaration, and the remaining funds through executive orders, including $600 million from the treasury department and another $2.5 from the Pentagon.

The declaration not entirely unexpected.  During the 35 day shutdown, Trump said, “We have to get a win – or I will declare a national emergency.”

But, it’s comments like that which have Democrats calling the move a “lawless act” and a “gross abuse of power”. 

Senator Chris Coons says, “Using this constitutional-end run to meet a campaign promise is a simply terrible idea.”

As a citizen, Donald Trump criticized President Barack Obama for taking executive action five years ago, Tweeting then, “Republicans must not allow President Obama to subvert the Constitution for his own benefit and because he is unable to negotiate with Congress.” 

And, before the speaker even sent the bill to the president, she offered a warning, “Where we go from here will be for us all to honor the constitution, especially Article 1, especially the system of checks and balances. We will not have an end-run around the Congress of the United States.”

Already, attorney generals are saying they will challenge the declaration in court, expected to include landowners affected, and even environmental challenges.  The Justice Department expected that, warning the White House it is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts from the minute the president signs it. 

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