President Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund New Sections Of Border Wall With Mexico
“President Donald Trump on Friday [February 15, 2019] declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.”
“Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners, saying that Trump’s declaration violates the U.S. Constitution and that the planned wall would infringe on their property rights.”
The Trump Administration plans to divert $3.5 billion in defense department funds towards the wall through this national emergency and $8 billion in total funds from a variety of sources.
The $8 billion also includes $1.4 billion from the recent budget deal to reopen the government (after the longest shutdown in history) and approximately $600 million from a treasury department asset forfeiture fund.
Illegal immigration from Mexico is at a 46 year low and has been steadily declining, and 650 miles of border wall already exist along the U.S. Mexico border, with natural barriers along much of the rest.