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Trump declares emergency at border after stinging defeat

Trump declares emergency at border after stinging defeat
5 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Friday, February 15 2019 Feb 15, 2019 February 15, 2019 11:41 PM February 15, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, COLLEEN LONG and ALAN FRAM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border after a stinging budget defeat. Trump is moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff legal challenges.

In his emergency proclamation Friday, Trump painted a picture of the border as "a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics" and one that threatens "core national security interests." Overall, though, illegal border crossings are down from a high of 1.6 million in 2000.

His declaration instantly transformed a contentious policy fight into a foundational dispute over the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution, spurring talk of a congressional vote to block Trump.

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