Less than two months after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border, the Department of Homeland Security is witnessing "a purge of the nation's immigration and security leadership," as The New York Times put it.

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Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

The head of U.S. Northern Command told lawmakers on Tuesday that he sees no military threat from foreign nationals crossing into the United States through the southern border, casting doubt on President Donal Trump's claims to a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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In this March 5 photo, construction continues on a new, taller version of the border structure in Calexico, California (Associated Press/Gregory Bull)

President Donald Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to build barriers along the southwestern border if Congress does not approve funding to build a border wall by Feb. 15.

The president announced on Friday that he had reached with lawmakers to re-open the government for three weeks. But Trump was not able to secure any funding for a border wall in the temporary spending measure, according to media reports.

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