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President Trump Declares a National Emergency on the Southern Border : February 15, February 18, and March 15, 2019

President Trump Declares a National Emergency on the Southern Border
Robert Howard

On February 15, 2019, after struggling to fund his signature agenda item over his first two years in office, President Donald Trump declared an emergency on the U.S.–Mexico border, empowering his administration to circumvent Congress to fund a border wall. The move was met with swift, bipartisan condemnation from Congress. Democrats saw the move as an abuse of power. Republicans expressed similar concerns and worried about the precedent it would set for future administrations, including Democratic ones. A month after the proclamation, Congress passed a bipartisan resolution revoking the national emergency ...

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