Houston Chronicle

Trump extends his emergency proclamati­on over migrants

- By Valerie Gonzalez

Four days before President Donald Trump’s term in office expires, he issued a notice extending a national emergency proclamati­on —which cleared way for the rerouting of federal military funds for border wall constructi­on — by a year. The announceme­nt comes as migrant groups head to the U.S.

“I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Proclamati­on 9844 concerning the southern border of the United States,” the announceme­nt read.

It added, “further action is needed to address the humanitari­an crisis and to control unlawful migration and the flow of narcotics and criminals across the southern border of the United States.”

The Trump administra­tion issued Proclamati­on 9844 after a “dispute regarding the amount of funds appropriat­ed for a border wall, a 35-day partial government shutdown, the eventual enactment of an appropriat­ions bill to end the shutdown, and an unsuccessf­ul effort by Congress to terminate the national emergency,” as summarized in a Congressio­nal Research Service report.

“We were told that this will be one of the first things he’s going to rescind,” U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said Saturday evening, referring to President-elect Joe Biden.

The announceme­nt comes just as news from Guatemala reports thousands of migrants embarking on a journey to the U.S.

Guatemalan immigratio­n officials began preparing for waves of migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras moving through their country on Jan. 7. By Saturday, the groups entering their country, which sits on the path to Mexico, registered several groups estimated to be around 9,000.

Some turned violent at two points when a group pushed through a fence and neglected to observe safety and health protocols implemente­d in Guatemala.

 ?? Sandra Sebastian / AP ?? A Honduran migrant is tended to by Guatemalan soldiers after they clashed with them in a bid to reach the U.S. border Sunday in Vado Hondo, Guatemala.
Sandra Sebastian / AP A Honduran migrant is tended to by Guatemalan soldiers after they clashed with them in a bid to reach the U.S. border Sunday in Vado Hondo, Guatemala.

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