What Qualifies as a National Emergency? These Historic Events Offer a Guide

Jan 11, 2019 · 4 min read
The U.S. Capitol is shown during a partial shutdown of the federal government on December 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

By Christopher Flavelle and Ari Natter

The breakdown of negotiations with congressional Democrats means it’s becoming more likely that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to build a wall on U.S. southern border — an extraordinary action sure to draw lawsuits and consternation on both sides of the aisle.

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