President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the country’s southern border with Mexico, defying Congress in an executive order to secure funding for construction of a wall along the border.
Trump, speaking during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, said that he expects to be sued but is moving forward after deciding against another government shutdown and failing to get Congress to approve his $5.7 billion request for the wall.
Although Trump was allotted $1.4 billion by Congress for wall funding in the spending bill passed Thursday, he said he expected to get even less and was “unhappy” with the deal.
His emergency declaration would allow him to go around Congress and tap other government resources for wall funding such as the military, though such attempts would likely get bogged down for years by legal challenges.
Lawsuits are expected to be filed in numerous jurisdictions — particularly within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on the West Coast, in U.S. District Court in Washington and maybe even in New York.