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President Donald Trump will pay for his much coveted wall at the southern border in part by taking $3.6 billion from military projects across the country and the world.

A top adviser to Donald Trump said Sunday that the president's emergency declaration could allow "hundreds of miles" of barriers to be built on the Mexican border before the 2020 election.

Asked if that meant Trump was ready to veto a resolution of disapproval, Miller added, "He's going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed".

Mr Trump relied on the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which Congress adopted as a way to put some limits on presidential use of national emergencies.

Critics of the administration's move, which calls for diverting billions of dollars already appropriated to the Defense Department, have seized on some of Trump's comments as proof that he did not need to declare a national emergency.

By declaring a state of emergency to fund construction of the border wall, Trump cedes a risky level of precedent to declare a national emergency to justify whatever policy or action that future executives desire implemented without having to get congressional approval. However, the White House doesn't believe there will be enough votes to override a veto, the Associated Press reports.

The promise of legal challenges to Trump's emergency declaration came nearly immediately.

"If we give away, surrender the power of the purse, our most important power, there will be little check and no balance left", says Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California. 'I do think that we should not set the awful precedent of letting a president declare a national emergency simply as a way of getting around the congressional appropriations process, ' he said.

The Department of Homeland Security itself has said to the president that it is more hard to cross into the U.S.at our land borders than it has been in a long time.

Since the passage of the NEA, 59 national emergencies have been declared by presidents, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

A two-thirds vote by both the House and the Senate would be required to defeat a Trump veto.

Johnson said he's also going to look at how quickly the money redirected by Trump is spent to back up the need for emergency action.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced its intention to sue less than an hour after the White House released the text of Trump's emergency declaration.

"It's just another effort to continue to try to diminish the president - diminished Trump as somebody that doesn't know what he's doing, can't do it without guidance from the so-called wacko right", Limbaugh said. But should this be considered a national emergency commensurate with the same government force as the terrorist attacks on September 11th? "It'll not be a separation of powers anymore, just a separation of parties".

Wallace turned to Miller: "How does that justify a national emergency?"

Cecillia Wang, the group's deputy legal director, argued that the number of border crossings is down from previous years and that Trump has been denying people who are trying to legally seek asylum.

Acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the weekend he would soon start to examine projects that could be delayed or cancelled to free up funds for border activities.

There have been 58 national emergencies declared since the National Emergencies Act was passed in 1876, including three by Mr. Trump. Is that not a fact? - it is undeniable that we have a major immigration problem and a political party that needs a permanent underclass of voters that wants that parade of illegal people who are uneducated, don't even speak the language.