Trump indicates he won’t declare national emergency over border wall ‘so fast’

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

Here's what's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 22.

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers have missed their first payday of the year as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government bites deeper. As Trump's partial shutdown continues, tens of thousands of border security workers have gone without pay.

The president has refused to approve any federal budget which does not include funds for a border wall between the USA and Mexico.

Opponents say that a unilateral move by the president over the sensitive border issue would be constitutional overreach and set a unsafe precedent in similar controversies.

It seems like Donald Trump is rather fond of ringing in the new year with a government shutdown, as this is now the second in two consecutive Januaries of his presidency.

Oscar Murillo, an aerospace engineer at Nasa, posted his $0 cheque on Twitter and said he had actually lost money because of mandatory deductions. We're all set. It's 100 per cent, and I'll have to do that, ' he said.

Meanwhile, the classified advertising website Craigslist has been flooded with listings from federal workers trying to sell their possessions.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

Trump reiterated his argument that crime, illegal drugs, and human trafficking are creating a national security and humanitarian crisis at the border, and that a wall is needed.

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What will happen next?

While Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route, declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress, members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution. Nine of 15 cabinet-level departments were not funded.

Earlier Thursday, Graham and some other Senate Republicans saw the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era suspension of deportations of young undocumented immigrants, as a potential fulcrum for a deal. Later Saturday, he supplemented a day's worth of tweets by telephoning in to Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" Pirro from the White House to continue his public relations blitz for the wall. He said he's giving Congress a chance to "act responsibly". Even White House staffing is severely affected.

He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with an emergency declaration that could break the impasse, free up money for his wall without congressional approval and kick off legal challenges and a political storm over the use of that extraordinary step. Senior aide Jared Kushner, who traveled with the president to the Texas border on Thursday, was among those opposed to the declaration, arguing to the president that pursuing a broader immigration deal was a better option.

The shutdown is the result of contention in the USA government over funding for Donald Trump's infamous border wall.

"I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency", Trump told reporters as he was preparing to leave the White House for McAllen, Texas.

"I do have a plan on the Shutdown", he wrote.

However, this is contradicted by an archived campaign memo from 2016, where Mr Trump outlined how he planned to "compel Mexico to make a one-time payment" of $5-10bn for the wall.

Fight for the Future swiftly circulated a petition following Pelosi's speech, calling on Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Schuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) not to replace Trump's proposed wall - which critics say wouldfurther endanger migrant familiescoming to the U.S. - with a surveillance system that would threaten their right to be protected from unlawful search and seizure.

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