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Trump declares emergency on southern border

Feb 15, 2019 02:52 PM EST

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President Trump said Friday he is declaring a national emergency on the southern border, tapping into executive powers in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall even as he plans to sign a funding package that includes just $1.4 billion for border security.

"We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border ... one way or the other, we have to do it," Trump said in the Rose Garden.

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