Trump's National Emergency Declaration: An Essential Reading List

We've highlighted Pacific Standard's best stories on the national emergency over a border wall.
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A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 19th, 2018.

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 19th, 2018.

President Donald Trump on Friday officially declared a national emergency over the crisis at the United States–Mexico border in order to secure $8 billion in funding for a wall.

Trump's declaration followed his approval of a spending bill Congress passed Thursday night to avoid another shutdown and provide $1.375 billion of funding for border fencing. This solution was reached after Congress refused to give Trump the $5.7 billion he initially demanded for a wall, resulting in the five-week partial government shutdown.

In addition to the congressional funding, Trump plans to divert $6.7 billion from other government programs, including $3.6 billion from a budget for military construction projects, $2.5 billion from Department of Defense counter-drug programs, and $600 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.

Trump's national emergency declaration has raised many questions about the legality of his actions, the precedent set by former presidents, and what will happen next. Trump himself said in his speech Friday morning that he expects to be sued.

To help make sense of the situation, here is a reading list of Pacific Standard's best stories on this national emergency.

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