Trump Declares National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

Trump declares national emergency

President Donald Trump finally declared a national emergency to spend $8 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, bypassing Congress’ power of the purse.

The President’s action comes after the Congress only approved $1.375 billion in border funding. He demanded $5.7 billion.

In his remarks at the White House Rose Garden on Friday, Trump said he is “signing a national emergency…because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable.”

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Trump stressed that the influx of criminals, gangs, and drugs through the southern border is a national security crisis. He wants to stop it “one way or another.” He added that it is very hard to stop the crisis, but “with a wall it would be very easy.”

Trump expects legal battle

Additionally, the President is expecting a legal challenge to his action but he is confident that his administration will prevail. He said, “We will have a national emergency and we will then be sued. We’ll possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then we’ll end up at the Supreme Court and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake.”