Tag: Border Barriers

Senate Republicans’ Declaration of (Semi-) Independence

In a rare display of spine, 12 Republican senators on Thursday defied their president and joined Democrats in passing a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. Having already zipped through the Democratic-controlled House, the legislation is on track to draw the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency. […]

Read More

Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year. Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending — […]

Read More

Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Wall Funding

WASHINGTON — President Trump will ask Congress on Monday for $8.6 billion in additional funding to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, a person familiar with the details said on Sunday. The request, which will come as part of Mr. Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, is certain to reignite a conflict […]

Read More

Trump Budget to Request Additional Wall Funding

President Trump will ask Congress on Monday for additional funding to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, a top administration official said on Sunday. The request, which will come as part of Mr. Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, is certain to reignite a conflict with Democrats that led to a record-long […]

Read More

Anti-Immigration Groups See Trump’s Calls for More Legal Immigrants as a Betrayal

WASHINGTON — For months, President Trump has been railing about the urgent need for a wall to protect against what he calls “an invasion” of illegal immigrants flooding across the southwestern border. But he has also been delivering another message: “We need workers,” he told a group of activists recently. In other words, he wants […]

Read More

heads up: At an Arizona Ranch, Desert Beauty with a Side of Border Politics

The 90-minute drive from Tucsonto Rancho de la Osa, a recently reopened dude ranch on the border with Mexico, is a lonely one. Turning onto Highway 286, your car may be the only southbound vehicle for 44 miles while the occasional U.S. Border Patrol van trolls north. The road runs directly to the border fence, […]

Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Cites ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ on Southern Border

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since Democrats took control of the […]

Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen to Testify on Immigration Policy Before House Committee

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, will be pressed on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the deaths of migrant children in federal custody and President Trump’s claim of a national emergency at the border. Ms. Nielsen, who will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee, is expected to face particular […]

Read More

Senate Has Votes to Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration

With Senator Rand Paul’s decision to support a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Congress appears ready to deliver a stern rebuke to the president over his border wall and a clear statement that it will defend its ability to control federal spending. Senator Paul, a libertarian-minded Kentuckian, said he will join fellow Republican […]

Read More

House Votes to Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Tuesday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border, with more than a dozen Republicans joining Democrats to try to block his effort to divert funding to a border wall without congressional approval. The resolution of disapproval, which passed 245-182, must now be taken […]

Read More

The Argument: Is Trump the Real National Emergency?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play From bypassing Congress to try to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, to accusing administration officials of treason, is Donald Trump America’s national emergency? Michelle Goldberg argues that the president’s emergency declaration, premised […]

Read More

Trump to Tap Other Military Money for Wall Before Emergency Funds

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s plan to spend billions of dollars more on his border wall than Congress approved involves more than his invocation of emergency powers to redirect military construction funds. Before spending any of that money, Mr. Trump first intends to tap $2.5 billion in other Defense Department funds under a different claim of […]

Read More

16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday when he declared that he […]

Read More

Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall. The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating. If a declaration was unnecessary and the wall on track […]

Read More

Trump Declared a Border Emergency. Here’s How It Could Be Undone in Court.

ALBUQUERQUE — Almost immediately after President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday so he could proceed with his ambition to build a wall along the border with Mexico, some of his opponents announced their next move: We’ll see you in court. Citing a dearth of evidence for a border crisis and fears over what […]

Read More

News Analysis: Presidents Have Declared Dozens of Emergencies, but None Like Trump’s

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies as justification for his invocation of extraordinary powers to build his border wall. But there is no precedent for what he has just done. None of the times emergency powers have been invoked […]

Read More

Fact Check: Trump’s Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims

As President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall, he again painted a portrait of a lawless, chaotic border and cited arguments about the effectiveness of the kind of barrier he has in mind that were not rooted in facts. Illegal border crossings have been declining for […]

Read More

Key Takeaways From Trump’s Decision to Use a National Emergency to Build a Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to roll out the big cannon. In the Rose Garden on Friday, he said he was declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, using money from other federal accounts, after Congress declined to authorize sufficient funds to satisfy him in legislation that averts […]

Read More