Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump vetoes lawmakers’ measure against border wall

Trump vetoes lawmakers’ measure against border wall

On Friday, Attorney General William Barr also said his emergency order was "clearly authorized under the law".

The bipartisan vote in the Senate on Thursday approving the measure was a slap at Trump over his decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs to pay for his barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"It is a tremendous national emergency", Trump said.

"Yesterday, Congress passed a unsafe resolution that if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger".

While Congress is unlikely to muster the votes to override the veto, the rebuke from some members of his own party left Trump politically wounded, at least temporarily, as immigration and his planned wall along the US southern border become a flashpoint again in the 2020 presidential campaign.

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

The president had threatened a veto of the resolution.

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Twelve Republican senators banded together to deliver the forceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump's use of the national emergency declaration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a would-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", tweeted Trump on Thursday after the vote.

How did we get here?

Trump declared a national emergency last month, after Congress authorized only $1.3 billion in border wall funding, far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for.

It is not believed there are enough votes to override the president's veto, which would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

However, Democrats and a number of Republicans said his effort represented an unconstitutional expansion of the power of the presidency.

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