Trump risks legal fight with emergency threat on wall, explained
Updated : February 15, 2019 10:00 AM IST
Legal scholars say it is unclear how such a step would play out, but they agree a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer funds.
Trump is unhappy with a bipartisan border security bill that is going through Congress to avert another government shutdown because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded his promised border wall.
The United States currently has about 30 national emergency proclamations in effect, including ones related to the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 and the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
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