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Monday Numbers: What the numbers tell us about Trump’s border wall

[1]President Trump’s national emergency declaration, long teased, is in effect. Let the lawsuits begin.

The president told reporters last week that his declaration will stem “an invasion of our country,” although government figures seem to contradict the president. Border apprehensions in 2018 were far lower than their peak in 2000, and they’re comparable to the apprehensions over the last decade.

The declaration will almost certainly spur lawsuits, and it’s clear that the president believes the arch conservatives in the Supreme Court will deliver him his wall.

“What will happen? I’ll be sued,” Trump told reporters last week. “It’ll be brought to the 9th Circuit. We’ll probably lose there, too. And then hopefully we’ll win in the Supreme Court.”

$5.7 billion: The amount Trump requested to build his border wall.

$1.3 billion: The amount agreed upon by Congress to spend on new fencing and border security.

1,954: Approximately the number of miles on the U.S.-Mexico border.

654: Number of miles of border fencing already in place, mostly along western portions of the U.S.-Mexico border [2]. Many miles of the border are also in mountainous regions and along the Rio Grande River, a potential obstruction to the border wall’s construction.

55: Number of miles of new border fencing agreed to in Congress’ spending deal.

$7 billion: Amount Trump will seek to divert from military construction and drug programs to build the wall.

60: Number of times that American presidents have declared a national emergency, since the power was granted in 1976.

31: Number of national emergencies still in effect, not including Trump’s declaration. They include Carter-era prohibitions on Iran to Clinton’s declaration on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to George W. Bush’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

396,579: Number of border apprehensions in 2018. Border apprehensions have remained more in less in this area for the last decade.

1.6 million: The peak number of border apprehensions, reached in 2000.

6: Roughly the number of hours Trump spent at his private golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, one day after declaring a national emergency. He returned to the club again Sunday [3].

Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Bloomberg; Brennan Center for Justice