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Vice-President Mike Pence, speaking after a border security briefing at the White house on Monday, told reporters the White House Counsel’s office look into the legality of President Trump has declared a state of emergency to authorize the construction of a border wall, without the approval or funding from Congress.
Trump always that possibility floated in recent days, namely, on Sunday, that he “may declare a national state of emergency, which will happen in the next few days.” The statement marked the clearest indication yet that the White house was actively pursuing this approach.
“There has been a steep increase in the area of illegal immigration on our southern border, particularly unaccompanied children and families,” Pence said. “Democrats do not deny the facts of the problem at the border. This is the basis for the search for agreement on solutions.”
Pence, held two meetings with the Congress officials in the past week. On Sunday, a Democratic official told Fox News that the Republicans are to blame for the meeting “45 minutes late” and for the failure to a “full budget justification” for its 5.7 billion-US-demand Dollar-for-wall-financing. Trump, however, called the meeting “productive”, and a house GOP leadership aide told Fox News that the Democrats had received a comprehensive cost “glitch”, as requested.
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Pence said Monday that he rejected Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Chuck Schumer of New York with a written offer, to the end of the shutdown, but it was. The Vice-President wanted to confirm that he had asked for $2.5 billion for the wall — which is a significant concession from the government’s previously stated goal of more than $5 billion-but smiled as she asked if that was, in fact, the number.
Trump, on Sunday formally to a steel wall instead of a concrete structure, the design of the movement as a concession to the Democrats.
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Pence confirmed that he is short-GOP leaders on Capitol Hill Tuesday in front of trump is scheduled 9:00 PM ET national address on the shut down from the Oval Office. The sit-down is to be made at, at about 5:30 ET.
“There is an ongoing humanitarian and national security crisis on our border,” said Pence. “The President address in his speech to the nation tomorrow night.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, Vice President Mike Pence, the White house legislative Affairs aide Yes RON Smith, followed by White house Senior adviser Jared Kushner, and others, so that a meeting with the staff of the house of representatives and the Senate leadership Saturday in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Meanwhile, Russell T. Vought, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, assured reporters that “I can unequivocally say that tax refunds will go as planned,” even if the shutdown continues.
But the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is one of the agencies affected by the ongoing shutdown, and many IRS workers are among the nearly 800,000 Federal workers are currently furloughed.
For his part, the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who reportedly clashed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when attempting to brief congressional leaders on the border-security intelligence last week (“I your facts lehne replied,” Pelosi, according to The Wall Street Journal), doubled down, claiming on Monday by the administration, that terrorists in the United States through the southern border.
“We must said cases of terrorists crossing the southern border,” Nielsen had. “The number itself is sensitive and difficult to share, because some of the figures are classified on the basis of the ongoing investigations. We can also say, there are literally thousands of known or suspected terrorists traveling throughout the hemisphere, and if we don’t have a secure border, it makes it much more difficult to say who comes.”
A migrant from Honduras, passing a child to her father, after he jumped the border fence into the United States to San Diego, Calif., from Tijuana, Mexico, from Jan. 3. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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“Also, 17,000 people were added to the arrested with criminal convictions on the border in the last year,” Nielsen. “We have a duty to understand who will come in our country.”
The White house claims to the threat of terrorism at the border have become a major point of contention in the last days Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted that “almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists coming into our country, illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry on our southern border.”
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But in a moment, in wide share on social media, anchor Chris Wallace threw, noticed most of them were captured at the airports not on the frontier, and that the State Department has said in contrast to DHS, there is no credible evidence of a terrorist coming over the southern border.
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“Not always,” said Sanders. “But certainly a large number [was taken at the airports]. It is through the air, by land and by sea. It is all of the above. … The weakest point of entry, we have in this country the southern border.”
Wallace, in addition, Sanders challenged on the Trump administration claims that many “special interest aliens” have been stopped at the border. So-called special interest aliens, Wallace pointedly reminded Sanders to produce to come from well-known countries, the terrorists, but not necessarily the terrorists themselves.
Fox News’ Matt Leach and Kevin cork contributed to this report.