President Trump Speaks on the National Security & Humanitarian Crisis on Our Southern Border https://t.co/FqdfFORbv5
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2019
Trump declared a national emergency Friday after Congress passed a bill Thursday avoiding another government shutdown. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president planned to sign the compromise ahead of the House vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged bipartisan cooperation ahead of Thursdays vote. “We’ll be voting to secure our nation’s borders and keeping American communities safe. And we’ll do it free from the influence of poison pills that sought to derail progress and stifle compromise” , tweeted McConnell.
We’ll be voting to secure our nation’s borders and keeping American communities safe. And we’ll do it free from the influence of poison pills that sought to derail progress and stifle compromise.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 14, 2019
The bill offers a mere $1.4 billion in border wall funding. The president is attempting to get the $5.7 billion he originally requested through other means.
Moreover, Sanders said that “other executive action, including a national emergency,” would be declared by the president.
Statement on Government Funding Bill: pic.twitter.com/DrNv9D4rEi
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 14, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the potential executive action a ‘lawless act” and a “gross abuse of the power of the presidency.” Pelosi also criticized the action saying President Trump ‘broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for the 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 @realDonaldTrump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 14, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he supports the President’s decision to declare a national emergency. “The budget deal is a down payment on the wall, providing funding for more immigration judges, and does not include a cap on detention beds for violent illegal immigrant offenders.” said Graham.
The budget deal is a down payment on the wall, provides funding for more immigration judges, and does not include a cap on detention beds for violent illegal immigrant offenders.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 14, 2019
Trump is now taking his fight to the courts. Wherein, approval for a southern border wall will face many roadblocks.
He addressed the need for a border wall as a nationlal security and humanitarian crisis. “I will never waver from my sacred duty to defend this Nation and its people. We will get the job done.” said Trump.
Trump pointed to the large caravans, human smuggling, and drug trafficking as some of the key reasons the American people need a border wall.