Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump issues veto over border emergency declaration

Trump issues veto over border emergency declaration

President Donald Trump vetoed a congressional disapproval resolution of his national emergency declaration at the USA southern border Friday afternoon, in a ceremony at the Oval Office.

"Today I am vetoing this resolution", said Trump. Moments before using his veto card, a resolution was passed in Congress in which a dozen Red Shirts jumped to the Democrat side in voting against Trump's National State of Emergency.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up his veto of the congressional resolution to end his emergency declaration to get funds to build a border wall after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2019.

On Friday, Barr also said the president's emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

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Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans to agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead framed the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

Senator Thom Tillis, another senator up for re-election in a politically divided state, had announced last month that he would vote for the disapproval resolution. It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump's veto, though House Democrats will try nonetheless. Spearheaded by GOP Senator Mike Lee, another Republican who supported the resolution terminating Trump's declaration, a new measure would automatically dismiss a president's national emergency declaration after 30 days, unless approved by Congress.

Mr Trump repeated his claims that illegal immigrants from the southern border were mostly criminals, bringing drugs into the country.

Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

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The Republican senators who rebuked Trump were unwavering in their justification, saying Thursday they viewed the unilateral move as unconstitutional and creating a risky precedent for future presidents.

Congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.It is a tremendous national emergency. John Barrasso, who voted against the resolution, said Friday.

"I think actually a national emergency was designed for a specific goal like this, so we have a great case", Trump said.

Most Republicans who defected did so as a protest vote over the president's methods and their fear about the precedent of executive overreach rather than the underlying debate over whether a border wall is necessary.

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