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Border Wall

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President Trump vetoed a congressional measure aimed at blocking his national emergency declaration, and the next battle will likely be in the courts. In the meantime, the plan to extend the border wall in Rio Grande Valley marches forward.

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Laredo's community leaders are taking a stand in the political battle over President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

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The future of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, has been uncertain ever since President Trump took office.

The 2,000 mile border between the U.S. and Mexico traverses hundreds of miles of public lands, including six national parks. Environmentalists have long argued that a border wall has negative impacts on wildlife and on delicate desert and mountainous terrains. With President Trump's national emergency declaration, those concerns will only grow.

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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.

Reporter Melissa del Bosque exposed an environmental threat in her Type Investigations article.


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.

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