"President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
"This agreement denies funding for President Trump's border wall and includes several key measures to make our immigration system more humane", House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, said in a statement. Military officials are empowered under multiple statutes, following the declaration of a national emergency, to divert funding and resources "essential to the national defense" including the "use of the armed forces".
Democratic state attorneys general said they'd consider legal action to block Trump. But wall repairs and replacements for deteriorating sections along the border have been ongoing. You have to convince the Congress to give you the money that you're out for.
FILE - Border wall prototypes stand in San Diego near the Mexico U.S. border, seen from Tijuana, Dec. 22, 2018.
"It deeply worries me that a future Democratic president may consider gun violence or climate change a "national emergency" and what actions they may then take". He could also order the army to stop any civil building projects and redirect the funds and personnel to the wall. The compromise provides for $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fencing, which is less than the deal a year ago that forced the shutdown.
In addition to funding the Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation and other vital agencies, the bill will also send more than $54 billion overseas. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the funding details. The congressional aides said their data came from the Pentagon. But according to the law, the money has to be used in support of U.S. armed forces, they say. Other options would be taking money from funds for disaster relief or counter-drug operations.More news: Canadian serial killer sentenced to life for murdering eight
An emergency declaration is sure to spark a flood of lawsuits.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "gross abuse of power of the presidency" on Thursday, and Pelosi denounced it as "another demonstration of a naked contempt for the rule of law" by Trump. But it's not "a blank check to invoke "emergency" powers simply because he couldn't get what he wanted through the normal political process", said Brianne Gorod, chief counsel of the liberal-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center. Lawmakers, state governments, or businesses affected by the emergency are likely to ask the courts to overrule the declaration.
A CNN poll conducted 30 January through 2 February found that a strong majority of the public was opposed to the idea of Trump declaring a national emergency to build his wall.
"He needn't even be in this position if congress would have done its job and funded both the government and border security".