Within 24 hours in Capitol Hill — one national crisis averted, and another one declared.
President Trump’s announcement came as he was set to sign a bipartisan border security bill avoiding another partial government shutdown.
The bill was approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday evening.
But the bill did not allocate any funding for the construction of the wall along the US-Mexico border.
Trump wanted $5.7 billion to build the border wall.
The Trump administration said it found 8 billion dollars from various departments that it will move towards that wall construction.
The Democrats are not the only ones against this move. A handful of Republicans have expressed their disapproval. But the president said he is expecting to be challenged.
Hundreds of miles away from this political battle, here in Jersey City, NJ, Raymond Tatlonghari said he is really not keeping up with what’s been happening in politics, let alone this national emergency declaration.
Hundreds of Filipinos along the border whose lives are intertwined with this immigration and security border issues. Some support the construction of the wall, some believe other security measures should be enforced.
Regardless of the argument, the question now is is president Trump overreaching his power to fulfill a campaign promise.
Snce 1976, presidents have declared national emergencies 59 times, according to Brennan Center for Justice. 31 of those remain active. But none has been to redirect money without congressional approval.