UPDATED 10:32 AM PT — Monday, January 28, 2019
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is pressuring the president to declare the crisis at the southern border as a national emergency if Democrats refuse to make a deal on border security.
In a series of tweets Monday, Graham said he is hopeful a deal can be reached, but if not the president must act through emergency powers to build a border wall.
If White House and Congress fail to reach a deal then President @realDonaldTrump must act through emergency powers to build wall/barrier.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 28, 2019
Graham added, former President George W. Bush and former President Barrack Obama both sent troops to the border in the past, and he questioned what the difference is between troops securing the border and troops building a barrier to secure the border.
He also questioned if governors can ask the federal government to secure a broken border that’s allowing harm to be done to their states.