The Department of Defense is currently reviewing options for border wall construction along the US-Mexico border; preparing a potential game-plan should President Trump declare a “national emergency” for the region.
“The Pentagon is preparing options to build barriers on the southern border in the event that President Donald Trump declares a national emergency there, the latest indication such a move is gaining traction within the administration,” writes USA Today.
“The Department of Defense is reviewing available authorities and funding mechanisms to identify options to enable border barrier construction,” said Navy Capt. Bill Speaks, a Pentagon spokesman. “As there has not been such a declaration made, it would be inappropriate to comment further on those efforts.”
President Trump landed in Texas Thursday to meet with local officials and federal agents with first-hand knowledge of the escalating crisis along the US-Mexico border.
Read the full report at USA Today.
CARAVAN CHAOS: Trump Calls Caravan ‘NATIONAL EMERGENCY,’ Notifies Military
President Trump weighed-in Monday morning on the escalating crisis surrounding the “migrant caravan” heading towards the United States southern border; calling the situation a “national emergency” and confirming he’s “alerted the military.”
The President repeated his warning to the undocumented workers on social media; confirming the Mexican authorities have been “unable to stop” the caravan from entering the country and marching towards the US.
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!” tweeted Trump.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
The “caravan” is now estimated at over. 7,000 migrants and is expected to reach the United States within days.
ENOUGH: Trump Considers Declaring ‘National Emergency’ to Secure Border Wall Funding
President Trump took his ongoing budget battle with congressional Democrats to the next level this week; saying he may “declare a national emergency” to secure funding for his signature campaign promise: a border wall between the US and Mexico.
The President was speaking with journalists outside the White House Friday moments after a high-stakes meeting with Sen. Chuck Schumer; saying he may build the wall for “national security” if we can’t “do it through a negotiated process.”
Trump says he's considering calling a "national emergency" to secure funding to construct border wall: "I haven't done it. I may do it. I may do it." pic.twitter.com/DUFZSzSWjo
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 4, 2019
“We can call a national emergency [to build a border wall] because of the security of our country,” Trump told reporters. “I may do it. If we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving it a shot.”