President Trump announced today that he will sign a bill to keep the government from shutting down, he also announced he will be declaring a national emergency to build the wall along the southern border. President Trump cited the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
The bill does give $1.375 billion dollars for border barriers Both Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham from Fox News asked President Trump not to sign the bill. Having just come off of the longest government shutdown in history, Republicans were anxious to make a deal. After the State of the Union address last week, President Trump was polled well, with more than 80% of independants approving of his speech, but more than 60% of Americans blaming him and the Republicans for the shutdown.
The President has long made commitments to build the wall, often times citing gang violence, human trafficking, and drug smuggling as reasons to declare a national emergency. With the opioid epidemic he may have some legal wiggle room as there with almost certainly be a legal challenge as soon as he issues his executive order. This will likely see the U.S. Supreme Court, with Justice Ginsburg absent as of late, it will be interesting to see if the President has the votes.
Written by Marie