Legal precedent suggests that President Donald Trump will be able to go through with declaring a national emergency in order to build his border wall, reports Nolan Rappaport of The Hill. Simply put, he has a lot of leeway in deciding what constitutes a national emergency as president. His case that the border allows the influx of criminals, drugs and illegal immigrants is strong enough. Courts may delay the wall being built. But unlike with his travel ban, the Supreme Court will likely side with him. Legal precedent indicates that this decision is mostly up to the president.
Democrats have a myriad of ways in which to fight President Trump’s border wall, which he probably won’t see completed, assert Li Zhou and Emily Stewart of Vox. Various avenues can be taken to sue the government over his declaration of a state of emergency that could end up unresolved well beyond Trump’s presidency. Congressional Democrats, the ACLU, states such as California and even the people owning land on the border can sue the White House. Faced with this onslaught of legal countermeasures, it is unlikely Trump will succeed to build his wall.