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Border Wall

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Update: Nayda Alvarez recently joined a lawsuit filed by Valley residents against the Trump administration in the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia. It claims the president has crossed the limits of his authority.

President Trump's emergency declaration will potentially free up over billions of dollars in funding for border barriers throughout the U.S., including in the Rio Grande Valley. Residents there have strong views about the barrier, both pro and con.

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Texas lawmakers in Washington reacted to President Trump’s national emergency declaration with bipartisan uncertainty or disapproval.

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A bipartisan border security deal was approved Thursday evening by the U.S. House and Senate, but since funding for a border wall fell short of President Trump’s expectations, he declared a national emergency Friday to seek funds elsewhere. But the ongoing controversy over a physical barrier persists.

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Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president.

Updated at 9:14 p.m. ET

President Trump will support a border security funding compromise, averting a partial government shutdown early Saturday — but he also will declare a national emergency in order to build the wall he has pushed for along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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He was defeated in a government shutdown and budget negotiations. But though he has not received the billions he demanded for a border wall, President Trump spoke to law enforcement officers yesterday and acted as if he had won.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump rallies for his Wall in El Paso, Texas. We’ll hear the nuanced view a city inextricably linked to the southern border.

Guests

Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter for the Texas Tribune. (@nachoaguilar)

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Before sunrise and illuminated by lantern light, the faithful gathered to pray, as they have many times before, at La Lomita chapel in Mission, Texas.

The chapel is made of simple white adobe, and Roy Rogers' song "Blue Shadows On The Trail" plays from a battery-operated radio in the chilly pre-dawn gloom as Rev. Roy Snipes makes his way down the aisle to preside over the Mass.

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