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POTUS declares national emergency to "build the wall" along the southern U.S. border

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 15, 2019

    After failing to secure border wall money that President Trump sought from Congress, the President issues a proclamation declaring a national emergency to build the wall, diverting funds that had been appropriated to DOD for other building projects and for drug interception at the border. [ID #375]

    Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency at the Southern Border of the United States
  2. Effective Date

    February 15, 2019
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    January 20, 2021

    Proclamation on Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border and Redirection of Border Wall Funds

    Thus Biden administration policy terminates the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued a proclamation terminating the declared emergency with respect to the Southern border. This proclamation also indicates that a review will determine how to redirect funds diverted for wall construction.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

January 20, 2021 Action: Revoked/Replaced Proclamation on Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border and Redirection of Border Wall Funds
January 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: In Litigation
Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP DOD


  • Trump declares national emergency on southern border in bid to build wall

    White House officials plan to use $8 billion to build new fencing that they believe will block or discourage a wide range of immigrants. Of that money, $1.375 billion was approved by Congress on Thursday, and it can be used for 55 miles of “pedestrian fencing” in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The White House plans to use $600 million from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture funds account, which contains money seized by the federal government from a range of illicit activities. An additional $2.5 billion would be redirected from a Pentagon program for countering drug activities, and a final $3.6 billion would be moved from military construction accounts. It’s that final pot of money that White House officials said required the national emergency declaration.

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