The president says this Emergency Declaration will allow him to spend billions of dollars to construct a border wall.
Construction could be tied up in court for years to come.
President Trump says his decision to declare an emergency on the border comes down to National Security.
“We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
Trump says he will use his emergency powers to spend eight billion dollars to build a border wall.
That’s six billion more than Congress approved in the spending bill.
Much of the additional money will be redirected from other projects in the defense department.
“Some of the general think that this more important.”
Democrats say the president is exaggerating and there’s no crisis at the border. They say the emergency declaration is unconstitutional.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“The President is not above the law. The Congress cannot let the President shred the Constitution”
They say the constitution gives Congress, not the White House, the authority to decided how to spend taxpayer’s money.
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren went even further tweeting, “Donald Trump isn’t king. We’ll fight this with everything we’ve got”
The president himself admits his order is likely to be tied up in court, maybe for years.
“hopefully we’ll get a fair shake and we’ll win in the Supreme Court”
Even Republican lawmakers had urged the president not to declare an emergency.
The ACLU says it’ll filed a lawsuit against the order by next week.
(This story was originally published on February 15, 2019)