President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan spending bill Friday that appropriates $1.375 billion to the border wall, officially avoiding a second partial government shutdown.
The bill was presented by a bipartisan congressional committee earlier this week and quickly passed through the House and the Senate on Thursday. Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he was “not happy” with the bill because it did not fulfill his request for $5.7 billion in wall funding, but it seemed likely that the president would sign it anyway.
The president officially signed the bill on Friday afternoon, just a few hours after addressing reporters in the White House Rose Garden about other funding options available for building the wall, including the declaration of a national emergency at the border. (RELATED: Trump’s Declaring A National Emergency — Here’s What You Need To Know)
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During his remarks in the Rose Garden, the president explained that he would use various executive actions in addition to the emergency declaration to procure $8 billion for the wall. Several angel moms and wives whose family members were killed by illegal immigrants were present at the event displaying photos of their deceased loved ones.
Some of the angel moms were urging the president not to sign the bipartisan spending bill, noting that it contains several measures that incentivize illegal immigration.
Former border officials told The Daily Caller on Friday that expanded protections for potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children, the expansion of the Alternatives to Detention program and restrictions on where the wall can be built were “land mines” that make the bill worthy of a veto. (RELATED: Immigration Hawks Sound Alarm On Congressional Border Wall Deal)
The president’s declaration of a national emergency will also likely face legal and congressional challenges that could delay his ability to use untapped funds to build the wall on the southern border.