US President Donald Trump in connection with the situation on the border with Mexico declared a national emergency. According to the White House on Friday, Trump will be able to draw on funds totaling around eight billion dollars, of which he can use large parts to build a border fortification. Included are $ 1.375 billion from the budget, which may be used for border security, but not for the construction of a wall or a fence.
Trump spoke of an “invasion” of drugs and crime that the United States is exposed. The United States would lead wars far away, but not control its own borders. It would work walls to 100 percent. “Everyone knows that walls work,” Trump said at a White House press briefing on Friday. “If you have no wall, you have no land.” It would be hard to make America big again if there were areas without protection and barriers.
To emphasize the necessity of his project, Trump also focused on emotional means. During the press conference, he had so-called “angel moms” show photos of their deceased relatives who were allegedly killed by illegal migrants.
Trump also thanked the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. “Working with Mexico is better than ever,” he said. Mexico’s president had helped deal with the “refugee caravan” that had left Central America for the United States last year.
Asked by a journalist why he had not gone any further with Congress, Trump said: “I want to make it faster.” Even if the way through Congress had been more successful than many would have thought, he was not satisfied with the previous result of just under $ 1.4 billion.
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the money guarantees that “we can do what we want to do”. This initially meant the construction of 234 miles of border fortification. Trump justified the alleged necessity of the wall construction for months with an intolerable situation at the border. The border guards would have to contend with tens of thousands of illegal border crossings. Many of the migrants from Latin American countries are criminals active in drug trafficking or human trafficking.
Critics are against Trump, that much of the border crime happens at border crossings and not where the wall is planned. Trump contradicts that. The Democrats say Trump’s scenario of a national crisis is artificially conjured up.
The national emergency was Trump’s last resort to enforce the wall he promised in the campaign. Parliamentary he had failed with the project, although he had taken for the 35 days longest government downturn in American history in purchasing. The Democrats had already announced that they would take legal action against Trump’s action. According to information of media outlets, the state of New York has already announced that it will file a lawsuit against the state of emergency.
The emergency declaration allows Trump to raise funds without parliamentary approval to finance the project. According to the White House, the bulk of the $ 6 billion worth of money is coming from the Department of Defense, which provided funds for construction and drug-related operations. In addition, revenue from seizures of the Ministry of Finance will be used.