WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration says there’s a “crisis” along the southern border.
“We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers,” says President Donald Trump.
On Friday, President Trump signed an emergency declaration in order to get more funds for his long-promised border wall.
“He could choose to ignore this crisis, choose to ignore this emergency as others have, but that’s not what he’s going to do,” explains Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor to President Trump.
Opinions are split on the issue.
“If we give away, surrender the power of the purse, our most important power, there will be little check and no balance left. It will not be a separation of powers anymore. Just a separation of parties,” says Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
“Unfortunately, when it comes to Trump the Congress is locked down and will not give him what we’ve given past presidents. So, unfortunately he’s got to do it on his own, and I support his decision to go that route,” adds Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Customs and Border Protection apprehended nearly 400-thousand people on the U.S.-Mexico border during the 2018 fiscal year, according to federal data. Many of them were claiming asylum.
That’s an increase from the year before, but less than in 2016.