Desperate on delivering on one of his key pre-poll planks, that of building a wall along the Mexican border, President Trump is set to declare emergency to liberate around $8 billion needed to fund the project. A White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders confirmed Thursday that President Trump will declare national emergency on Friday morning.
Trump is also likely to sign the House border security package that would allocate around $1.4 billion for the project. That however is far less than the $5.7 billion that Trump said is the least that he needs to set up the wall. Sanders said Trump might sign the deal on Friday and declare emergency shortly thereafter.
The Democrats have condemned the move while the states said they are considering challenging the decision in the courts. The states fear losing federal money as well as authority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. too have come down heavily on Trump and his administration and have issues a joint statement condemning the same. They have said this amount to gross abuse of Presidential powers besides accusing Trump of acting unilaterally.
Trump has been insisting the wall is crucial to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country.