Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

‘May declare a national emergency’ to build wall

Democrats agreed there had been little movement Saturday, saying the White House did not budge on the president's key demand, $5.6 billion to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. NPR's John Burnett reports, "The White House is asking for 234 miles of steel barrier - which works out to about $24 million a mile". And if you believe former Trump advisor turned enemy Sam Nunberg, the idea of a border wall was cooked up on the campaign trail as a way of keeping Trump on-message about immigration. In a Power Point presentation, the White House states that 50 migrants per day are referred to medical providers.

President Donald Trump appears ready to up the ante in the current government shutdown stalemate, threatening to use his presidential powers to secure money for his border wall.

US President Donald Trump pledged on Sunday not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it. Trump had previously promised a concrete wall, but now says it could be made of steel slats. "So that's a non-starter", Schiff said, speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House will begin passing separate bills to reopen the government this week, starting with the funding bill that covers the Treasury Department "so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule".

After returning from Camp David Trump told reporters "we're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency" and that "we're looking at it very strongly".

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said that while Trump may have the power to act unilaterally, doing so is likely to open him up to legal challenges.

The seemingly intractable budget showdown marks the first clash for Trump and Democrats, who now control the House.

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Administration members Vice President Pence, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with aides to congressional Democratic leaders on Saturday, but didn't reach any consensus. The legality of such a move is unclear, however, and the president would nearly certainly face immediate legal challenges in the courts. The party leadership also defended her, with Speaker Pelosi declaring that while she would not use such language, "I don't think it's anything worse than what the president has said".

Trump said that he would consider a deal that involved protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients, but indicated that he preferred to wait until the Supreme Court ruled on the issue.

Trump also asserted that he could relate to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who aren't getting paid, though he acknowledged they will have to "make adjustments" to deal with the shutdown shortfall. Steel is fine. Steel is actually more expensive than concrete, but it will look attractive and it's actually strong.

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the suggestion of a steel fence versus a concrete wall "will be discussed", but that "we need to open up the government first" before talking about it. Democrats familiar with the meeting said the White House position was "untenable". "He's not building a wall anymore, ' that should help us move in the right direction", Mulvaney said.

During Sunday's meeting, a letter from Acting Budget Director Russell Vought was handed to the congressional staff officially outlining some of the new requests for money on top of what's already been included in the Senate's FY 2019 bill.

"All border security experts that I talk to say where a wall makes sense has already been built", Smith said.

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