UPDATE – Trump circumvents Congress to build Mexico border wall

                            UPDATES HEAD, BODY TO MATCH LATEST DEVELOPMENT; ADDS DETAILS THROUGHOUT</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in a bid to bypass Congress to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. </p>  <p>“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other,&quot; Trump said as he prepared to sign legislation that averts another partial government shutdown, funding the whole of government through the end of September.</p>  <p>The bill provides $1.375 billion for 55 miles (89 kilometers) of new border fencing in the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas -- far short of the $5.7 billion he had sought for his barrier. </p>  <p>The Trump administration has identified more than $8 billion in funding that could be used to build the border following the emergency declaration, the bulk of which  -- $6.1 billion -- will come from funds previously allocated to the Pentagon.</p>  <p>The funds &quot;will be used sequentially and as needed,&quot; the White House said in a statement. </p>  <p>But his action is certain to spur legal challenges from Democrats and landowners whose property Trump would have to expropriate to build the separation barrier. </p>  <p>Article One of the Constitution mandates that &quot;no money&quot; shall be taken from the Treasury without congressional approval.</p>  <p>Trump acknowledged that he is likely to face suit, but said he expects to be &quot;successful&quot; in court. </p>  <p>Democrats have warned that no emergency exists on the U.S.'s southern border, and by his declaration the president is setting a dangerous precedent for future commanders-in-chief. Several Republicans have also cautioned Trump against taking the action.</p>  <p>In a rare joint statement, the top Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate called Trump's action &quot;unlawful,&quot; claiming it is being made &quot;over a crisis that does not exist.</p>  <p>&quot;This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process,&quot; said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.</p>  <p>Republican Senator Rand Paul said Thursday he is &quot;disappointed&quot; with the president's decision to move forward with the emergency declaration. </p>  <p>&quot;I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters,&quot; Paul said on Twitter. &quot;Extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them.&quot;</p>  <p>Paul has yet to comment on the matter following the president's announcement, but he is one of a half-dozen Senate Republicans who have voiced concern over the action. </p>  <p>That could be pivotal for the chamber as any measure of disapproval that clears the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will have to be voted on in the Senate where lawmakers would be forced to go on the record concerning the president' action. </p>  <p>House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday he plans to introduce such a resolution, making the awkward scenario for Senate Republicans a near certainty. </p>  <p>It would only need a simple majority to clear the Senate where all 47 Democrats and Independents are highly likely to unanimously approve. 

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