President Trump’s emergency declaration causes backlash

Evalyne Simpson, Feature's editor

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On February 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to build the border wall. He is trying to access billions of dollars that Congress refuses to give him for the wall’s construction. The national emergency allows the president to divert $3.6 million from military funding to wall construction.

If Trump is unable to acquire the money for the border wall, he fears “an invasion.” He explains, “We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country.” Trump says that he didn’t need to declare the emergency, but he did to make the wall building process go by faster.

Democrats are not fond of the declaration. They described it as an unconstitutional abuse of his power. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, says, “This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed president, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.” The Democrats have pledged to overturn the national emergency.

The emergency declaration has not been popular with many Americans, or even Republicans. The Huffington Post reports, 55% of Americans oppose the declaration and 37% support it (The other 8% had no opinion). Numerous members of Trump’s own party don’t support the emergency. Republican Senator Ron Johnson, says, “many of us are concerned about” the declaration.” He describes the declaration as, “the expansion of authority Congress has given past presidents.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have taken a step to try to block the declaration by creating a resolution. The resolution would terminate the declaration and stop the funding. So far 225 Democrats have signed it and only one Republican.

Senator Lindsey Graham predicts a “handful” of Republicans will vote to back Pelosi’s resolution. He didn’t give an exact number. But he himself will be not be voting in favor of the resolution. He believes the Democrats are acting hypocritically and  “hate Trump”.

The House is set to vote on the resolution on Tuesday.