President Trump stopped short of declaring a national emergency in a nationally televised address to the nation on Tuesday evening, as was reported by CNN.
Speaking from the Oval Office, the POTUS cast the border issue as a crisis, according to a CN report, and railed against crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
As was previously expected, however, Trump did not declare the matter of border security a national emergency. Had he done so that move would have afforded him the opportunity to fund his promised border wall without obtaining a congressional imprimatur.
In the past few days, President Trump has said that he has considered taking such a drastic step. CNN reports that the White House counsel’s office continues to assess its legality.
Instead, Trump said he would continue negotiating with Democrats at a Wednesday meeting.
Trump claimed, “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
Even if the United States Mexico Trade Agreement ends up raising tax revenue, there’s nothing earmarking that money for a wall. Income and corporate taxes are general revenue that would have to be appropriated by Congress.
Another way trade could bring money into the Treasury is through tariffs — which are paid by American importers when they buy foreign goods. But like the original North American Free Trade Agreement, the new deal aims to keep trade between the three countries largely tariff-free.
President Trump on Tuesday put the onus of an 18-day partial government shutdown on Democrats, saying the matter could be easily resolved if his political opponents cede to his demands on border funding.
“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
Trump claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past.”
Schumer has previously supported legislation to build physical barriers on the US-Mexico border. Most notably, Schumer and other Democrats supported the 2006 Secure Fence Act that authorized the construction of several hundred miles of fencing along the border — but not a wall.
However, as long as the government remains shutdown, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have refused to offer any funding for a border barrier.
Democrats have expressed support for border security steps like enhanced technology, but have refused to provide support for a border barrier.
“This situation could be resolved in a 45-minute meeting,” he said. “I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done.”
President Trump said, “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration.”
It’s very difficult to know exactly how much or little undocumented immigrants cost the United States. Many experts contest the notion that undocumented immigrants are a strain on the economy.
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