At a press conference on Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he will sign a national emergeny declaration in order to obtain funding to build a wall along the southern border.
The declaration is expected to enable Trump to pull $8 billion to build the wall, far more than the $5 billion he originally requested.
According to Trump, this step is necessary due to “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
The declaration is expected to face immediate challenges from Democrats and in the lower courts.
This is an evolving story and will be updated.