What happens if Trump declares national emergency at the border?

What happens if Trump declares national emergency at the border?

Democratic leaders are unanimously opposed to spending money on any new border barriers -although they have offered $1.3 billion to strengthen existing walls and fences, increase hiring at ports of entry and improve technology at the border.

Sitting among border patrol officers, state and local officials and military representatives, Trump insisted he was "winning" the shutdown fight and criticized Democrats for asserting he was manufacturing a sense of crisis in order to declare an emergency.

Trump's visit comes after negotiations between the president and Senate Democrats broke down in a contentious, 14-minute meeting that ended with the president walking out of the room after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not agree to fund the president's wall if he agreed to reopen the government.

According to the Associated Press, the White House asked the Army Corps of Engineers to examine its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds, to determine how much money it could spend to help build the wall Trump promised his supporters.

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border", he declared on June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in NY. Trump said his lawyers had told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".

President Donald Trump said he could use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The president has warned of an "invasion" and a "humanitarian crisis" at the southern border, as he continues to negotiate for $5.7 billion to fund border security and construction of a wall or barrier along the border. Critics have said the move would be an unconstitutional abuse of emergency powers.

But even some Republican lawmakers uneasy about the idea of pulling money from Army Corps projects saw few alternate options.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has been in conversations with the White House on a trio of legislative alternatives.

Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border.

"In all my years in Congress we never dealt with this idea of an emergency, " DeSantis said.

Meadows, who speaks frequently with Trump, sees the emergency declaration as the "last tool" the president has.

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