At the Border, Trump Moves Closer to Emergency Declaration

"I would like to do a much broader form of immigration", Trump said. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump abruptly left a meeting after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not fund the wall.

The pressure on Washington to strike a deal intensified Friday when most workers missed their paychecks for the first time.

Democratic leaders are unanimously opposed to spending money on any new border barriers -although they have offered $1.3 billion to strengthen existing walls and fences, increase hiring at ports of entry and improve technology at the border.

President Donald Trump's insistence on obtaining full funding for his proposed wall along the southern border will officially result in the longest lapse in federal government funding in USA history.

The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress. "If they backfill it immediately after the government opens, that's fine, but I don't want that to be where that money is not available". "I think a compromise is a win for everybody, otherwise, I can declare a national emergency".


Trump has said he is considering declaring a "national emergency" over the wall stalemate that has partially closed the federal government for more than three weeks.

Defense Department officials discussed the plan with Trump Thursday as he traveled to the southern border.

Trump's visit was met by protesters who rallied on both sides of the border-in Reynosa, Mexico, and in McAllen, Texas. The White House has directed the Corps to review its budget, including $13.9 billion in emergency funds earmarked a year ago by Congress, to see what money could be diverted to building a wall.

Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, a top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said he has been hearing from lawmakers in recent days concerned that Army Corps projects in their states could be canceled or postponed.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that he won't take up any legislation related to the shutdown in the Senate that President Donald Trump won't sign.


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