National emergency, Trump, border wall issue

Trump’s Direction to Border Wall Saga Ends on a National Emergency

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The melodrama of President Donald Trump seems to be a never-ending saga, particularly in the border wall issue. Directing the most interesting yet infuriating story, he has been taking it further from several spooky turns. The issue that is going on from months has now ended on a national emergency, which the entire country was hoping to be averted.

Trump is most likely the only American affected by the Mexican border and the asylum seekers, while the people are certainly bothered by the President himself, who is increasingly creating arduous circumstances for them. What Americans were deeming to be the worst case scenario, has now become a gift from their beloved President.

While Trump was “not happy” and “not thrilled” over the hard-won agreement preventing shutdown, he found a way to make the story stimulating and finally declared a national emergency on the south border on February 15.

Barely 13 hours after Congress passed a spending measure without Trump’s $5.7 billion for the wall, he gave a televised statement in the Rose Garden, saying, “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other.”

“It’s an invasion,” the President added. “We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country.”

The declaration can also be perceived as a retaliation to Democrats, from whom the President couldn’t accept defeat in the battle. In an instant condemnation, Democrats called it an unconstitutional abuse of his authority. Many believe that the disagreement over border wall between Trump and Democrats is a mere ego-clash.

However, the dispute causing national chaos is not just bilateral, but he is also seen trampling on his own party. Several GOP members are also raising objections to national emergency, fearing that it would set an undesired paradigm, or would consume necessary funds of other projects. Democrats, with the support of these Republicans, have vowed to overturn the decision.

While the shutdown that left 800,000 employees without pay has been prevented, a national emergency carries its own pile of national threats. According to the White House officials, the emergency would enable Trump to redirect $3.6 billion from military construction projects to construct 230 miles of border wall. Besides, the taxpayer money would also be used for the barriers.

Although his demand of the wall is an outcome of illegal immigration, The New York Times has reported that such crossings are already down. Moreover, critics have accused the President of manufacturing a crisis, as he declared an emergency.

Trump seems to have taken an oath to walk on the trail that people have been wanting him to avoid. Mostly, these routes have proven to be against the national interests, severely hampering the lifestyle of people. While his announcement is already facing political and legal challenges, the outcome of his erratic direction are not at all predictable.


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