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February 15, 2019 10:38
Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

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In a bid to empower to fund the construction of the United States-Mexico border wall, the United States President Donald Trump will sign an executive order declaring a national emergency.

The move would help Trump acquire $5.6 billion for the construction of the wall that is, according to Trump, essential for national security.

The White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country, she said.

The White House statement came shortly after Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell made the move public.

"I had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and he, I would say to all my colleagues, has indicated he’s prepared to sign the bill. He also (will) be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time. I indicated I’m going to support the national emergency declaration,” McConnell said.

On the Democrats saying they will challenge the move in the Supreme Court, Sanders said, “We’re very prepared, but there shouldn’t be [legal challenges]. The president’s doing his job. The Congress should do theirs.”

In contrast to the proposed move, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that Trump’s hankering for a wall at the southern border cannot be justified by calling a national emergency.

This would be a clear abuse of presidential power - one that sidesteps the role of Congress in the appropriation of funds. Shame on any member of Congress who doesn’t clearly and vigorously speak out on this illegitimate invocation of emergency authorities, ACLU said.

Senator James Inhofe said Trump had no choice but to declare a national emergency.

“I want to make sure this declaration has minimal, if any, impact on our military and reimburse all the necessary accounts affected by the decision. As I heard in a hearing yesterday, military housing and all military installations are facing disrepair and poor conditions. We cannot afford to allow them to be further impacted,” he said.

-Sowmya Sangam

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