It was announced Monday night by the Pentagon that it will be transferring $1 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. The move immediately brought an outcry from from Democratic lawmakers who have refused to appropriate money for the wall.
The Associated Press (AP) reports this morning that Donald Trump is planning to do two big things today:
- Sign into law the bill that Congress passed yesterday funding border security while also keeping the government open, and
- Declare a national emergency when he appears in the Rose Garden at 10 a.m. for remarks on “the national security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border.”
To keep his right-wing anti-immigrant base happy he now plans to bypass Congress and siphon billions of dollars from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican border.
The editors of The Wall Street Journal issued a warning to Republicans on Friday, saying they will regret it if Donald Trump declares a national emergency to get funding for a border wall.
The conservative newspaper’s editors expressed serious concerns that if Trump uses an emergency declaration for wall funding then Democrats could do the same thing in the future “whenever it is politically expedient.” They expressed their fear that such a decision by the president would probably open the door to future misuse of national emergency declarations. They mentioned that Democrats may want to use the measure on issues such as gun violence and climate change.