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What is a national emergency? Can Trump declare one for the wall?

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Here's a look at what a national emergency is, and why Democrats and many experts say Trump does not have the legal authority to declare one in this context.

What is a national emergency? What will happen once it's declared?

US federal law gives a number of powers to the president to use in response to a "crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances threatening the nation", a document prepared for Congress states. He can do so at will.

Declaring a national emergency allows the president to meet the problems of "governing effectively" in times of crisis. They also allow the president to "seize property, organise and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens," the document states.

Declaring a national emergency is a rare step. In this case, it would allow Trump to redirect federal funds from elsewhere to pay for his border wall.

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