Trump declares national emergency

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The United States government has recently reopened after a shutdown that took place over 35 days, from December 22, 2018, until January 25, 2019.

Many Americans took the government reopening as an end to our problems, however, it is just the beginning.

After our longest shutdown in history, President Donald Trump received $1.375 billion dollars to build a wall that stretches 55 miles across the southern border according to bbc.com.

President Trump was not satisfied with the amount that was allocated to him by the government. At a public meeting on February 15, Trump announced that he would declare a national state of emergency in order to obtain the money needed for the wall from other areas of the government.

On Monday February 18, 16 states filed a lawsuit against Trump and the Trump administration to prevent the declaration of a national emergency. This began with California which was quickly joined by Colorado, Hawaii, Delaware, New Jersey, Oregon, New Mexico and more.

Trump would be taking money that has been allocated to state governments to fund certain projects. Taking away this money harms each state individually, and the residents.

According to CNN, no president has ever declared a state of emergency in order to fund a personal, and long lasting project.

As of today, 31 national emergencies are in action according to abcnews.com. Including The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans imposed sanctions on those aiding Albanian insurgents in Macedonia which was put into effect on June 26, 2001. As well as  The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria was in response to Syria supporting terrorist activity in Iraq, which was put into action on May 11, 2004.

In his speech, Trump says, “So I’m going to be signing a national emergency and it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power. There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it. Nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting. But nobody cares. They signed it for far less important things, in some cases — in many cases.”

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