It seems as if President Donald Trump is determined to get his own way and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, signaling his intentions on Friday to declare a national emergency.
“I’m going to be signing a national emergency, and it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so. It gave the presidents the power,” Trump said in a press conference from the Rose Garden, according to CNN. “There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting.”
The president once again resorted to his fear-mongering language, saying that he is taking this action to address “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
“We don’t control our own border,” he claimed. “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it—one way or the other we have to do it.”
Trump is reportedly looking to reallocate more than $6 billion in federal funds to build his wall, and will also take the $1.375 billion Congress approved for 55 miles of new physical barriers as a compromise—one that Trump did not appreciate—in a bill that was meant to avoid another shutdown, which he is also expected to sign on Friday.
Needless to say Democrats are not pleased.
“The president’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution,” the Democratic leaders added “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”
And, as it turns out, some Republicans are not fond of the idea of a national emergency either.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) all hinted that it was not a good idea to declare a national emergency as a tactic to build the wall.
“I’m disappointed with both the massive, bloated, secretive bill that just passed and with the president’s intention to declare an emergency to build a wall,” Paul tweeted on Thursday. “I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters. Over 1,000 pages dropped in the middle of the night and extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them.”
As CNN notes, there is sure to be a legal battle to ensue over this, especially since Democrats control the House.
The network notes that House Democrats could introduce a resolution to rescind the national emergency. If it passes the House floor, it would move on to the Senate, where they would have to vote on the resolution within a certain time frame. However, even if it did pass the Senate, which is still controlled by the GOP, Trump could still veto it.
And Trump remains confident that he can get away with whatever his plans are.
“We’ll win in the Supreme Court,” Trump declared.