Trump holds immigration roundtable at border patrol station

Trump holds immigration roundtable at border patrol station

Trump holds immigration roundtable at border patrol station

Officials have estimated that roughly one-quarter to one-third of the money, or $2.5 billion to $3 billion, could be available - less than the $5.7 billion Trump is seeking.

"We can declare a national emergency".

The House of Representatives approved legislation Friday to fund and reopen the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies impacted by the partial government shutdown, though the measure is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate and faces a White House veto threat.

Trump is reportedly considering a plan to declare a national emergency and then siphon money from funds used for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Florida and other states affected by natural disasters in order to pay for his border wall.

Graham sounded deflated after talks among senators essentially collapsed, and said, "It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers" to fund wall construction. "I said they're going to pay for it".

As the shutdown drags on, Trump has repeatedly raised the possibility that he might declare a national emergency in an effort to secure funding for a border wall.

While scientists warn that the climate crisis will continue to cause increasingly damaging weather events and disasters in USA communities, President Donald Trump made clear Friday his focus on a separate, invented "crisis" as he ordered officials to consider redirecting billions of dollars in disaster relief funds to pay for a wall at the southern US border.

Trump's visit was met by protesters who rallied on both sides of the border-in Reynosa, Mexico, and in McAllen, Texas. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".

But even some Republican lawmakers uneasy about the idea of pulling money from Army Corps projects saw few alternate options.

"In all my years in Congress we never dealt with this idea of an emergency, " DeSantis said.

Senior aide Jared Kushner, who traveled with the president to Texas, is among those urging caution on the declaration, according to a person familiar with Kushner's thinking but not authorized to publicly discuss the issue.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", Meadows said.

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