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President Trump Didn’t Get His Border Wall Funding So He Is Now Declaring A National Emergency

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After months of negotiations with Congress, President Trump took the unprecedented step of declaring a national emergency to get funds for a border wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The news came on Friday morning after Congress passed a spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. The Senate voted 83-16 to pass the spending deal, which would provide a little over $1 billion for border security but no money for Trump’s border wall. It was soon after that the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the President would “take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

Trump isn’t the first president to call for a national emergency but he’s the first to declare one for a crisis that technically is not a crisis at all.

After President Trump’s original request for $5.7 billion wasn’t part of the spending bill approved by Congress, he is now taking things into his own hands. The president suggested for weeks that he would declare a national emergency if Congress wouldn’t approve more funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He says a wall is necessary to counter what he has called a “humanitarian crisis” at the border.

He will now be facing mounting legal opposition now that he has announced $8 billion moved in the budget to fund his border wall. Soon after news broke of the presidents plans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quickly responded to the belief that there is a crisis happening at the border.

“First of all, it’s not a national emergency; it is a humanitarian challenge to us,” Pelosi said. “The president is making an end run around Congress.”

Pelosi is correct here. Illegal border crossings have been dropping every year since 2006 and the argument that drugs are being smuggled across the border is also incorrect, most drugs are seized at ports of entry.

By declaring a national emergency, Trump plans to use funding from various parts of the federal government for his wall, most notably the Department of Defense.

By declaring a national emergency, President Trump is able to reach into certain funds provided under statutes previously passed by Congress. This essentially means that he has the authority to pull from military construction funds and civil works projects, like infrastructure repair projects. The president has to notify Congress of where he decides to pull money from but they cannot stop him due to the call of a national emergency.

While legal challenges can temporarily stop him, the chances of succeeding are slim because the definition of a national emergency is vague in wording. The president will likely face more roadblocks with landowners whose property is along the border. They will surely take legal action if they are forced to have a border wall built on their property.

Polls show that a majority of Americans are against Trump’s decision to delcare a national emergency.

Americans have overwhelming denied the need for a wall along the southern border. Even more, Americans are against Trump taking money from military and infrastructure budgets to build his wall, which is what Trump is doing with his national emergency delcaration.

What does this all mean going forward?

The president is now facing opposition not only from Democrats but from even some Republicans. The call for national emergency sets precedent moving forward that is a slippery slope when it comes to using presidential authority. It also essentially undermines the purpose and role of Congress.

What happens in the courts next is the big question at hand. A president calling for a national emergency when there technically isn’t one, just to build a large barrier — has yet to be tested in the courts. If the case is to reach all the way to the Supreme Court, which currently favors in the conservative side, the president could likely win. This could take months or even years to get settled. If the president is trying to get a quick fix for his border wall, he’s going to have to wait.


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West Virginia Woman Caught On Camera Telling Mexican Restaurant Workers To Leave Her Country

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West Virginia Woman Caught On Camera Telling Mexican Restaurant Workers To Leave Her Country

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A video of a white woman in West Virginia telling workers at a Mexican restaurant to speak English is going viral.

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A West Virginia woman, identified as Jill in the video, was caught on camera yelling at workers at a Tampico’s Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The woman was caught screaming at Sergio Budar, the manager on duty at the time, that “English is our first language’ and that he needs “to speak English.” She followed it up by shouting for Budar to “get the f-ck out of my country.”

The video of the incident was recorded by one of the employees and posted to Facebook by her mother. Her mother wrote in the caption: “My daughter captured this situation while working. My poor baby was frightened but cannot believe this continues to happen. We should be united as a country but there is much hate. We are all human trying to help each other out. I will pray for this woman to be a better person, but you can only educate the ignorant. First they must listen.”

People have commented on the video question the woman’s reason for going to a Mexican restaurant.

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An unidentified man can be seen in the video trying to calm his friend Jill down as she continues her angry rant. During her rant, an unidentified man tried to intervene and told her to leave the restaurant.

Unidentified Man: “If you’re going to be racist, you need to leave.”

Jill: “I’m not racist!”

Unidentified Man: “No. That’s racist. This man takes care of me. You’re going to get out of here if you’re going to talk to him like that.”

Despite Budar telling Jill that he would be paying for the meal so she could leave, Jill continued her rant. At this point in the exchange, Jill stands from her table and tells Budar that she was “raped by illegal aliens” after saying she lived in California for 20 years. After throwing something at Budar, Jill calls the man a rapist while being ushered out of the restaurant by an appalled and apologetic male friend.

This is just another instance of people using the language perpetrated by the Trump administration when encountering people speaking Spanish in public. In Montana, two women were approached by a Border Patrol officer demanding to know their citizenships because they were speaking Spanish. In New York, an attorney threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because restaurant employees were speaking Spanish. In Chicago, a man was charged with a hate crime for verbally assaulting a woman in a park for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt.

According to the NAACP, hate crimes have been on the rise in the U.S. since President Trump took office. President Trump famously started his bid for the presidency by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Social media has been instrumental in recent years for capturing these moments and shedding light on the rise in hate crimes against minorities across the country.

Watch both videos of the confrontation below!


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