As the government shutdown drags on and some 800,000 federal works go without pay, politicians and activists are starting to scream louder and louder. Major U.S. airports are now shutting down flights as a result of staff shortages, and there is likely more pain to come.
Though President Trump has offered numerous concessions on illegal immigration, including extended DACA programs, Democrats have refused any offers to compromise.
With the border wall supposedly off the table for the Left, the President is has little choice unless he wants to cede victory to his opponents.
According to reports, there is still one significant option available to the President, and it appears that Trump is about to make the move:
While the President’s advisers have been divided on the issue, the White House is moving forward with plans to bypass Congress and declare a national emergency over the issue of funding for the wall to keep immigrants out of the country, CNN reports.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft of a proclamation reads.
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 US C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” it adds.
An official told the network that the administration is considering pulling $US3 billion in Pentagon civil-works funds and a further $US3.6 billion in military-construction funds.
Additional funds would come from treasury forfeitures and the Department of Homeland Security.
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