Rep. Biggs: National Emergency Would Be a 'Far Better Option' Than Government Shutdown
Rep. Andy Biggs said Sunday on Fox & Friends that President Trump must declare a national emergency at the country's southern border.
Biggs, R-Ariz., said he believes Democrats will not accept Trump's immigration compromise package, which the president laid out Saturday afternoon.
In exchange for the nearly $6 billion he has sought for border wall funding, Trump offered Democrats a three-year protections extension for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
"I think the radical wing of the left, of the Democrat Party, is not going to let [Trump] go this way," Biggs said.
Biggs wrote in a Fox News Op-Ed, too, that "play time is over" and that the biggest issue to resolving the partial government shutdown is "personal."
"Many Democrats simply hate Donald Trump and cannot abide his presence in the Oval Office. They would rather die politically than give President Trump a victory," he wrote.
He added Sunday that Trump could use the roughly $13 billion in military construction funds to start building a wall.
"That would be a far better option than just sitting around with the government shut down," he said.
Don’t forget, we are building and renovating big sections of Wall right now. Moving quickly, and will cost far less than previous politicians thought possible. Building, after all, is what I do best, even when money is not readily available!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
Although he'd have concerns that declaring a national emergency would set a dangerous precedent, Biggs noted the 13 national emergencies declared by former President Barack Obama.
Watch the conversation from Fox & Friends above.