Last Friday, Mr. Trump declared an emergency in hopes of obtaining funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president’s declaration though is facing several hurdles before it would actually become a reality.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) circulated a letter asking members of Congress to sign onto a resolution to terminate President Trump’s border emergency declaration.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), who is Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, will introduce the resolution on Friday. In her “Dear Colleague” letter, Pelosi wrote:
‘The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated.’
Pelosi also took the step of sending the letter to both Democrats and Republicans which was unusual. Pelosi has said that Castro’s privileged resolution will move quickly. It will be reported within 15 calendar days and moved to the House floor for consideration within three days after that.
According to MSN News:
‘Pelosi noted she hopes the upper chamber will move on the resolution after it’s passed in the House.’
Last month, Congress approved a spending bill which Trump signed to keep the government open without funding for the border wall.
In her letter, Pelosi stated that members of Congress have an obligation to uphold the power of the legislative branch.
So far, 92 lawmakers are backing Castro’s resolution, which could advance within weeks to a debate by the full Democratic-controlled chamber.
On Monday, 16 states banded together, led by California and New York, to sue Trump and top members of his administration to block the president’s emergency declaration.
The states’ lawsuit said that Trump’s declaration was a misuse of presidential power, which is also the basis for Castro’s legislation as well.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Even in his declaration, Trump said he expected to be sued and anticipated the Supreme Court would ultimately decide the case. Still, in a freewheeling news conference Friday, he attempted to justify the executive action in hopes of fulfilling a campaign promise that has eluded him for two years.’
During his announcement from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said:
‘We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.’
It was recorded that Trump used the word “invasion” seven times. Later, Trump admitted that the situation was not an emergency at all. He stated:
‘I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.’
Soon after Mr. Trump’s announcement on Friday, the advocacy group Public Citizen filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington. The group stated:
‘We just sued Trump over his fake national emergency. If Trump gets away with this, there’s no telling what the next concocted ‘emergency’ will be, who will be targeted and what emergency powers will be claimed.’
Another advocacy group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, sued the Department of Justice for failing to provide documents related to Mr. Trump’s decision to declare an emergency. These documents would have included legal opinions and communications.
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