President Trump aides acknowledge that President Trump can not meet his pledge to build the wall by the time voters decide whether to grant him another term next year, but insist his base will remain by his side as long as he is not perceived to have given up the fight on the barrier.
Immigration has galvanized Trump's supporters and is set to be a key part of his re-election campaign.
We see President Trump's response to border security as risky. It will not be a separation of powers anymore, just a separation of parties.
Congress can choose to terminate a declaration if both the House and Senate vote for it.
"President Trump's declaration is an undemocratic power grab based on lies".
The declaration of national emergencies is a routine decision that has been made by all presidents at some point throughout their respective tenures, but the reason behind Trump's decision drastically contrasts those that preceded him.
ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said Mr Trump's remarks are an admission that there is no national emergency.
Democrats sought to portray Trump's action as a gross abuse of power, arguing that it differs from emergency declarations by previous presidents and could reshape the relationship between the executive and Congress.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told ABC News he believes there are enough Republican votes to prevent the supermajorities in Congress required to override a presidential veto.
Now, if this emergency is funded and gets upheld in court, President Trump could set a precedent that we don't want to see.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the Republican-led Senate's top Democrat, said Trump actions "clearly violate the Congress's exclusive power of the purse". "We knew something like this might happen, and with our sister state partners, we are ready to go".
Undaunted, Miller, who was the architect of Trump's effort to ban visitors to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries, claimed voters would likely see "probably a couple hundred miles [of border wall built] ..."
Speaking to reporters at the close of his first overseas tour since taking over as Pentagon chief last month, Shanahan said the military's Joint Staff had been conducting a "mission analysis" on ways to deal with drugs and migrants at the border.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Miller noted 120 miles of the barrier on the U.S. -Mexico border are "already under construction or are already obligated" and anticipated a total of hundreds will be completed by September 2020. -Mexican border to thwart illegal immigration even though he said he didn't need to do it.
Instead, Miller repeated the White House position that weakness at southern border amounts to a grave threat to the social and economic coherence of the USA itself.
"The problem with the statement, that you're apprehending 80 to 90 percent of drugs at ports of entry, is that's like saying you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports", said Miller. We have worldwide narco-terrorist organizations.
On CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, Sen.
Given the near-certainty of legal challenges and of a possible blocking move in Congress, it is far from clear how quickly barrier construction can advance on the 1,950-mile (3,140-kilometer) border. And we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there.
When Wallace countered with government statistics that showed attempted border crossings were actually at the lowest levels they had been in almost four decades and that the overwhelming majority of drugs were caught at ports of entry, Miller demurred. Opioid addiction is going through the roof in this country.
While his chances would appear slim, he argued Sunday on ABC that Americans can not afford six more years of a president who "wants to divide the country" and is "reckless" in running up trillion-dollar deficits.
Trying to turn the president's words against him failed in the challenge to Mr Trump's ban on travel to the United States by citizens of several mostly Muslim countries.
Becerra added that it is Congress, not the president, who decides how federal money is spent. "He got turned down by Congress and then [he] went ahead and did it".
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