Lisa Boothe argued on "Outnumbered" Friday that Democrats have "embraced lawlessness" during the last few months of national debate on President Trump's border wall. 

Speaking at the White House this morning, Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border. The announcement came before Trump signs a House border security package that provides $1.375 billion for the border wall project, which is far below the $5.7 billion the president requested.

The declaration of a national emergency, which is expected to be challenged in federal court, would allow the administration to move $8 billion from various federal agencies to fund the wall.



Boothe pointed out that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) criticized President Trump recently for treating illegal immigrants as criminals and seeking to deport undocumented people who commit offenses like DUI. 

The comment came after Democrats sought to cap the number of beds at immigration detention centers in the new government funding bill. Boothe said she believes it's been "illuminating" for voters to hear Democrats argue against the need for a border wall. 

"You've had Democrats embrace lawlessness and that's a strong argument for President Trump," she said, adding that the use of executive action could distract from the president's message in the coming months. 

Democrat Jessica Tarlov disputed the idea that there is an "emergency" at the southern border, saying just because the president believes it, doesn't mean it's true.  

"It seems patently false. If it's an emergency, it should have been declared years ago," she argued, adding that the number of border crossers has been dropping steadily in recent years.

Watch the discussion above.


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