Trump has not used his authority to declare a national emergency and direct defense department to construct a border wall as Congress and the White House fight over a deal to end the government shutdown. But while Trump's advisers remain divided on the issue, the White House has been moving forward with alternative plans that would bypass Congress.
"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 of national emergency, "a draft of a presidential proclamation reads." "Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, at the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 USC 1
The draft was updated as recently as last week, a US government official duty CNN.
According to options considered, the administration could pull: $ 681 million from treasury forfeiture funds, $ 3.6 billion in military construction, $ 3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $ 200 million in the Department of Homeland Security funds, the official said. 19659006] RELATED: Senate blocks competing proposals to reopen government
The Defense Department referred to a request for comment from CNN to the White House, which has not responded.
If the declaration is made, the US Army Corps of Engineers would be deployed to construct the wall, some of which could be built on private property and would therefore require the administration to seize the land, which is permitted if it is for public use. 19659009] Trump aides keep counting struggling workers to suck it up ” class=”media__image” src=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190124093407-01-wilbur-ross-file-large-169.jpg”/>