VIDEO: Trump issues first veto to protect border order, supported by Cornyn and Cruz
The Latest on President Donald Trump's declaration
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding.
Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump says “our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point” and calls the congressional action “dangerous” and “reckless.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump’s emergency declaration. The House had passed the same resolution last month largely along party lines.
It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump’s veto.
Trump wants to use the emergency order to redirect billions in federal dollars earmarked for defense spending toward the southern border wall. It still faces several legal challenges in federal court.
Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn backed President Trump this week leading up to the vote on Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.
Senator Cruz realeased a statement on Thursday March 14th regarding his vote in favor of Trump’s declaration:
“I voted to support the President’s declaration because, as Texans realize all too well, there is one.”
In a similar vain Senator Cornyn is in favor of increased border security as he views it as a way to help our thriving border communities remain safe and prosperous. When speaking to the house floor on Wednesday March 13th, Cornyn refereced feedback he received during visists to border communities.
“The border region’s future is bright, thanks to the dedicated law enforcement officials, elected officials, and business community leaders who keep it safe and prosperous. But we simply can’t turn a blind eye and ignore the high level of illegal immigration and substances moving across our border.”
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