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Is the U.S.-Mexico border situation a real national emergency?

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to direct federal funds toward building his border wall. Trump made the declaration after Congress refused to include over $5 billion for the wall in the government funding bill. Many have noted the president has been saying for weeks there is a security and humanitarian crisis at the border, yet was reluctant to declare the emergency until he had been denied funding from Congress. Is the crisis real?

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Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted a NotesApp screenshot on Twitter shortly after the declaration explaining by declaring the national emergency, the president was delivering on promises to secure the border.

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The White House Twitter account reiterated this sentiment. 

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Trump's declaration came one day after the year anniversary of the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the interim year, there has been little movement on overhauling gun laws in the United States. 

In fact, according to CNN, there has been one school shooting on average every 12 days since the massacre in Parkland. Per the New York Times:

“You want to talk about a national emergency, let’s talk about today,” [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi said, reminding Mr. Trump that it was the anniversary of the shooting massacre last February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and staff members were killed. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”
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According to FiveThirtyEight, declaring a national emergency is deeply unpopular among the American public.

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At the beginning of March, the Senate took up the question of whether to pass a resolution to block the president's declaration. According to the New York Times, it appears likely the Senate has the votes to pass the measure, but probably not to overturn Trump's eventual veto.

With Senator Rand Paul’s decision to support a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Congress appears ready to deliver a stern rebuke to the president over his border wall and a clear statement that it will defend its ability to control federal spending.
Senator Paul, a libertarian-minded Kentuckian, said he will join fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, giving proponents of the resolution of disapproval the 51 votes they need, if Democrats remain united in their support.
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