Trump to declare national emergency, announce $8 billion for border wall

Sep 2012
It's official … Trump has completely lost his mind.
Trump to declare national emergency, announce $8 billion for border wall
President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency after Congress passed a government spending deal that provides further funding for border security, the White House announced Thursday.

A Trump administration official confirmed Thursday night that the president will announce around $8 billion for a border wall under executive actions, part of which will be the emergency declaration.

That figure includes $1.375 billion in the spending bill for fencing in Texas; $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund; $2.5 billion from a Defense Department drug interdiction program; and $3.5 billion from a military construction budget under an emergency declaration by the president.

Trump will hold an event in the Rose Garden about the border at 10 a.m. Friday, the White House said.

An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.
If President Trump declares a national emergency to construct a wall on the southern border, only one thing is certain: There will be lawsuits. Lots of them. From California to Congress, the litigants will multiply.

They will file suit in numerous jurisdictions — certainly within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on the West Coast, in U.S. District Court in Washington and maybe even in New York. That’s been the pattern in the hundreds of lawsuits, many of them successful, brought against the Trump administration, the idea being that some judge somewhere will block the wall.

The Justice Department has told the White House that the president’s action is likely to be blocked in the courts, and the White House counsel’s office warned Trump against declaring a national emergency, calling it a “high litigation risk,” according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

'Dangerous.' 'Abuse.' 'Lawless': Bipartisan attack on Trump national emergency declaration
Lawmakers in both parties sharply criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday for planning to declare a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall.

"Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement.

"It is yet another demonstration of President Trump's naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president's fear-mongering doesn't make it one," they added.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also advised against such a move by the president.

"I think it's a dangerous step," Cornyn said.

Trump Will Declare a National Emergency. What Happens Next?
In declaring a national emergency to try to build his long-promised border wall, President Trump will invoke extraordinary and seldom-used authorities to bypass Congress’s constitutionally granted power of the purse.

Democrats are fuming, and many members of Mr. Trump’s party are uneasy about the precedent that such a declaration will set. Lawmakers seeking to block the president will soon have two paths — one in Congress, the other in the courts.

Democrats, who control the House, will drive the opposition. Party leaders did not detail their plans on Thursday, as they reviewed options and awaited the text of the president’s declaration. But outspoken senior lawmakers indicated that they will likely use both paths at once.

“He may want to talk to a good lawyer,” said Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.

Can Congress stop Trump from declaring an emergency?

No, Congress does not have the power to stop the president from declaring a national emergency. But when lawmakers granted the president emergency powers in the first place, they built a check into the law.

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Apr 2010
Massive abuse of power. Pure insanity.

Could you imagine if President Clinton was unable to pass revisions to the ACA through legislation so she bipassed congress by declaring a national emergency for $8 billion?

They would say she fancied herself a queen and would be impeached before sunset.
Oct 2018
Unbelievable, isn't it.

No Pundit even threw this out there as an idea...He refuses to see the consequences, and I hear McConnell now accepts the idea (he must be thinking of retiring before the end of the year).

I sometimes wonder who in the hell is advising him?

He'll take the money from the bipartisan agreement because he doesn't want to dip any further down in the presidential rating, which is exactly what would have happened if he shutdown the government again.

He never accepts anything but what he wants. Sound exactly like most of us feel has been his life since birth - he doesn't know how to make a deal for the wall, so comes up with an idea to cheat - using a very large lie.
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Nov 2015
A suicide mission, no doubt.
Possibly, possibly not. We might all find out.

I would have to read up on American National Emergencies. I believe most, if not all presidents have declared them and many are still active.

Has any other NA ever been challenged through the courts?