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Policy Fight: Border and Foundational Dispute

policy fight: Overall, though, illegal border crossings are down from a high of 1.6 million in 2000, according to CTV. His declaration instantly transformed a contentious policy fight into a foundational dispute over the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution, spurring talk of a congressional vote to block Trump and ensuring that the president and Democrats will continue fighting over the border wall in Congress, the courts and on the campaign trail. In his emergency proclamation, Trump painted a dark picture of the border as a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics and one that threatens core national security interests. It triggered outrage from Democrats, unease among some Republicans and flew in the face of years of GOP complaints that President Barack Obama had over-reached in his use of executive authority. The standoff over border funding had led to the longest government shutdown in history. Trump signed the declaration to justify diverting billions of federal dollars from military construction and other purposes after Congress approved only a fraction of the money he had demanded. ( As reported in the news.