Thousands of illegal aliens thought they were going to flood into the country.
But President Trump just gave the military the one order that has the caravan shaking with panic.
Trump is determined to resolve the standoff over the border wall by finding the money any way he can.
One method would be to declare a national emergency and order the military to begin construction.
The President could also “reprogram” money Congress appropriated for other departments toward a wall construction project.
It is increasingly apparent that Democrats have no intention of providing any votes to fund the wall.
The President’s supporters believe he may have to use his executive authority to build the wall.
To that end, Trump directed the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if money from a $13.9 billion disaster relief bill Congress passed in last February could be used to start construction on this vital project.
Before Trump left for a trip to Texas to tour the border, he told reporters that he “probably … I would almost say definitely” move to declare a national state of emergency in order to direct the army to build the border wall. “I would say 100 percent,” the president continued. “I don’t want to say 100 percent because maybe something else comes up.”
Trump hinted this could be the case in a January 9 tweet.
“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!” Trump wrote.
But some Trump supporters do not believe declaring a national emergency is the way to go.
The Wall Street Journal reported White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway cautioned against this direction.
The Journal reported she advised the President that it would “let Congress off the hook.”
Other Trump supporters view those encouraging the President to declare a national emergency such a pro-amnesty RINO Lindsey Graham as setting the President up to fail.
Graham tweeted “Mr. President, the Democrats are not working in good faith with you. Declare emergency, build the wall now.”
The South Carolina RINO tried to put a deal together to trade the wall for a massive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
It fell apart.
Graham urging Trump to declare a national emergency could be a back-door amnesty sneak attack.
Democrats would surely file suit as soon as Trump made the move.
A friendly judge – most like in the ninth circuit or the Washington D.C. court of appeals – would issue an injunction stopping wall construction.
Trump would forfeit his leverage by agreeing to reopen the government and declare a state of emergency.
His only hope of getting wall money would be crawling back to the Democrats and begging for them to take an even bigger amnesty than before in the hopes of securing a few crumbs to build the wall.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.