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

If President Trump orders the Army to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, don't expect to see soldiers and green bulldozers on the job.

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President Donald Trump salutes as a U.S. customs and Border Protection helicopter passes as he tours the U.S. border with Mexico at the Rio Grande on the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump saluted a Blackhawk helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande on Thursday, seeking to highlight the need for $5.7 billion for his trademark border wall to stop what he calls an "invasion."

Next to the president stood a Customs and Border Protection officer and a Border Patrol agent. Both were working unpaid during the partial government shutdown, which on Friday tied the record for the longest in U.S. history.

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(Associated Press/Evan Vucci)

As President Trump scrambles to find someone to pay for his border wall, the Army Corps of Engineers have reportedly provided him with a new piggy bank: Puerto Rico.

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(Associated Press/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure funds for a border wall and resolve a government shutdown now into its 20th day.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo

He's vowed to keep the government closed as long as it takes to secure funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now, as the partial government shutdown enters its third week, President Donald Trump is hinting at a different approach: declaring a national emergency.

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