President Trump will declare a national emergency on the nation’s southern border, because of the illegal aliens, illegal alien criminals and drugs that flow from Mexico, confirmed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The move comes after weeks of attempts by Democrats to prevent the government from addressing both the national security and humanitarian issues on the border, where tens of thousands break the U.S. law to enter the nation each year.
Democrats, newly in control of the U.S. House, flatly refused to allocate funding for border security. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would allow $1 then reneged.
Ultimately, $1.375 billion went to border security, but Democrats have restricted the funds to only a “fence,” and some local officials were given authority to veto construction in their districts.
The Washington Examiner reported McConnell said Trump would declare the emergency as he signs the border security legislation.
“He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time, and I’ve indicated to him that I’m going to … support the national emergency declaration,” McConnell said.
A statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “President 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.”
Democrats repeatedly have claimed there’s no emergency on the border. But they also claim that border walls do not stop illegal aliens from crossing the boundary.
The legislation was expected to get both Senate and House votes on Thursday. Without a presidential signature by Friday night, government would go again into a partial shutdown.
Pelosi accused Trump of doing an “end-run” around the will of the people and said Congress would respond appropriately.
But the law gives the president great authority when he’s acting in accordance with the desires of Congress. And Congress, including Democrats, has voted many times in favor of much more wall funding for the border than what the current bill includes.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called Trump’s action “a lawless act.”
Declaring a national emergency will allow Trump to re-purpose billions of dollars Congress approved last year for other projects at the Pentagon and other agencies.