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U.S. Democrats launch resolution to stop Trump border emergency

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By Susan Cornwell

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on a resolution aimed at stopping President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday.

House Democrats introduced the resolution early on Friday, taking the first step to challenge Republican Trump's assertion that he could take money Congress had appropriated for other activities and use it to build the wall.

Pelosi predicted the resolution would pass the Democratic-controlled House. Action would then move to the Republican-majority Senate, where the measure's future is less clear.

In any case, Trump vowed on Friday to veto the measure if it passes both chambers and gets to his desk. Congress would then have to muster the two-thirds majority necessary - a very high hurdle - to override his veto in order for the measure to take effect.

"On the wall? Will I veto it? One-hundred percent. One-hundred percent, and I don't think it survives a veto. We have too many smart people that want border security, so I can't imagine that it could survive a veto," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

About 226 House lawmakers have joined the sponsor, Democratic U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas, in backing the legislation. The co-sponsors so far include one Republican, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, Castro said.

"What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab," Castro said in a conference call with reporters. He called on all members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — to support the resolution terminating Trump’s emergency declaration, saying it tramples on congressional authority and would set a dangerous precedent.

Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress decides how taxpayer dollars are spent. The president can, however, veto spending bills.

Trump declared the national emergency last week after Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion this year to help build the wall.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also plans to introduce such a resolution. The measure needs only a simple majority in both chambers. It will need the votes of at least four Republicans to pass the Senate, assuming all the Democrats and the two independents there back it.

Pelosi rejected Trump's argument that there is an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. "The president of the United States is declaring a national emergency to honor an applause line in a rally," she said.

"If the Congress rolls over on this, the president is likely to do it again," Castro said.

The issue is also in the courts. A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare the emergency.

The lawsuit said Trump’s declaration was a misuse of presidential power.

Congress this month appropriated $1.37 billion for building border barriers following a long battle with Trump, which included a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in U.S. history - when agency funding lapsed on Dec 22.

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The sickly tyrant's power grab must be thwarted, if American values are to be preserved.

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The wall is being built.

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The president of the United States is declaring a national emergency to honor an applause line in a rally.

True - that, and "Squirrel!" as Trump and his cohort's lawbreaking are exposed. Many are blinded by the right-wing "squirrel!" call.

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The lawsuits challenge Truml's power grab are some of the most beautiful lawsuits ever. Okay. Those lawsuits will wind their way through the most amazing justice system in the world. It will be years before any wall is built. Believe me.

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Ok and “IF” it passes in the Senate, Trump Vetoes it, so what?

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I felt the same way when Obama used his phone and pen to issue DACA.

First, Obama did not issue a national emergency for DACA. It was an enforcement issue. I can understand why some were opposed to this action, but it's not the same thing as declaring a national emergency.Trump's wall is a waste of money. Experts across the political spectrum agree on this.

Second, DACA saved money and freed up immigration officials to prioritize going after criminal aliens rather than going after everybody. Trump's wall is a waste of money. Experts across the political spectrum agree on this. (The following is not just commentary. There are facts in there.)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-wall-wont-work

Third, DACA was a practical step toward solving a complex problem in a realistic and humanitarian way. Trump's wall is virtually useless in solving any immigration problems. It is pure and naked political pandering to his base, to whom he promised this boondoggle on the advice of Roger Stone.

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First, Obama did not issue a national emergency for DACA.

He could have left the issue until Congress took a vote on it. But he didn’t. At any case, I don’t think they can get enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure and if they do, Trump will use his pen and phone.

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If Trump loses, the Democrats win. If Trump wins, the Democrats win more.

Master negotiator.

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Put them all on record. I look forward to seeing the votes.

The Senate Republican votes are the ones to memorialize in stone and hang around their necks in their 2020 campaigns. McConnell, Cornyn, Ernst, Tillis, Perdue, McSalley. and others that are in play.

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Pen and phone. I like it.

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Trump's wall is virtually useless in solving any immigration problems.

That's not what border patrol says.

The title should have read "House Democrats introduce bill to increase crime, illegal immigration, illegal drugs and human trafficking"

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Well if we take money from drug interdiction programs, something Trump is trying to divert funds from, then it would follow that we'd see an increase in drugs entering the country.

If you think about it, it's actually pretty crazy. We're going to take funds from a program that works to stop illegal drug entries and build a wall that will stop nothing at all.

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Crazy Maxine Waters says those who want a wall are unpatriotic.

I’d say praising the rioting and destruction of private property during the LA riots was unpatriotic.

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If Trump loses, the Democrats win. If Trump wins,

The Democrats get angrier.

the Democrats win more.

In a warped alternate universe??

Master negotiator, Yup.

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We shall see. The minority have shown their contempt of the will of the people in our democracy. Time to change the system?

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The minority have shown their contempt of the will of the people in our democracy. Time to change the system?

Are Democrats even capable of changing?

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That's not what border patrol says.

Yes, that's what "border patrol" says.

Trump and his sycophants say otherwise, and they're full of it.

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Crazy Maxine Waters says

What's this obsession with Maxine Waters? She doesn't represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party any more than Louis Gohmert and Matt Gaetz represent the heart and soul of the GOP.

On the other hand, maybe these fellers do represent the heart and soul of the GOP.

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Yes, that's what "border patrol" says.

No, that’s not what they say.

https://youtu.be/yVyAJCBQX4A

Trump and his sycophants say otherwise, and they're full of it.

Yes, full of the truth.

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The wall is being built.

This is the type of fantasy that passes as reality in Trump World - here are some others...

"Trump is a faithful husband..."

"No one associated with Trump lies under oath..."

"Roger Stone isn't creepy..."

"The meeting at Trump Tower with Russians was about adoptions"....woops, already got caught on that one...

Speaking of this last one, question for the Trumpers;

Why did Don Jr, Jared, and Manafort agree to meet with Russians at Trump Tower? Why once this meeting became known, did they draft a false memo stating the meeting was about adoptions? Why did Trump deny writing the memo?

Why did Don Jr and Jared lie about the meeting?

Why did Trump write the memo lying about the meeting?

Why did they agree to meet with a foreign government to get dirt on Hillary?

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He could have left the issue until Congress took a vote on it. But he didn’t

Someone doesn't understand that Congress isn't responsible for enforcing the laws because that's the president's responsibility. ROFL! Smh. Lol. Kudos!

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Since the tightwad Mexicans simply laugh at the gringo loco in la Casa Blanca, the proposed profligate waste of American taxpayers' hard-earned money on Humpty Trumpty's wall is a clear indication of presidential dementia that cries out for the 25th, whereas the legalization of drugs would be much more cost-effective than the Great Wall of Trump. Such a policy would more than pay for itself by drastically reducing the cost of law enforcement and incarceration. It would provide a massive boost to job seekers willing to work in nationwide clinics as medical staff and social workers to treat and rehabilitate addicts. Government oversight of production and sales rather than handing the business over to private companies (OMG! Socializm!) would ensure quality and safety, and the profits would help to finance some of the social programs sorely needed to improve the quality of life for people left behind by the "Amerkan Dream".

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This will become a test of how craven the GOP Senate actually is - will it kowtow to Trump and vote to surrender the power of the purse, thus wilfully surrendering its status as a co-equal branch of governnment, or will it defy him and vote for integrity and the constitution. Senators who support him will be primaried, those who don't will be getting rage-tweets. Lose, lose - and you have nobody but yourselves to blame.

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Yes, that's what "border patrol" says.

No, that’s not what they say.

https://youtu.be/yVyAJCBQX4A

Thanks for the link, bass. Ya think plasticmonkey will ever bother watching it and learn something?

This will become a test of how craven the GOP Senate actually is

Yeah, expat, we still got too many RINOS in the Senate and the House. We've seen how crazy the majority of the Democrats in Congress are. Pelosi and Schumer should be impeached.

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Serrano: Yeah, expat, we still got too many RINOS in the Senate and the House. We've seen how crazy the majority of the Democrats in Congress are

So you don’t have the support of the Democrats or the RINOs? Just how small is your minority?

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So you don’t have the support of the Democrats or the RINOs? Just how small is your minority?

I'm with the 80% who don't approve of this Congress.

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The Democrats will succeed because the only emergency is in the White House.

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Serrano: I'm with the 80% who don't approve of this Congress.

If were throwing around irrelevant stats regarding the border wall, I’m with the majority who prefers Coke to Pepsi,

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Dems will stop at nothing to realize their open borders international socialist dreams. What is ironic about the Dems lawsuit is that they had no problem with Obama using executive fiat to use unappropriated funds to prop up Obamacare and to pay for processing costs for DACA and DAPA. They were able to get this past the Liberal courts. At least Trump can argue that he is using executive powers to enforce the laws that Congress passed. That wasn’t the case for the last administration.

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Ya think plasticmonkey will ever bother watching it and learn something?

I bothered watching it. It’s simply an anecdotal account. I prefer educating myself with the broader facts. You might want to try that sometime.

Dems will stop at nothing to realize their open borders international socialist dreams.

= Not wanting to waste money on an ineffective boondoggle.

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I bothered watching it. It’s simply an anecdotal account.  I prefer educating myself with the broader facts. You might want to try that sometime.

So you heard our border patrol people say a physical barrier is needed, yet you dismiss it. Incredible...

Not wanting to waste money on an ineffective boondoggle

Great! Let's sending money to the UN and countries that are not our allies.

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The border patrol union was against the wall until January 4. They even had quite a few reasons listed on the website, chief among them was that it wasn’t an effective use of resources. Then poof it was suddenly removed.

I guess the union got together and collectively did a 180. What timing.

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I guess the union got together and collectively did a 180. What timing

Oh my...

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/2/border-patrol-agents-back-trump-wall-survey-finds/

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you heard our border patrol people say 

I heard two border patrol people say something like what you claim. Two people. That's quite a sample.

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A stunning 89 percent of line agents say a “wall system in strategic locations is necessary to securing the border.” Just 7 percent disagreed.

Of course. Read the fine print. Most Democrats support a "wall system in strategic locations" as well. And you know what? Such a system already exists in strategic locations.

Trump's idea is not strategic in any sense except to make people like you salivate.

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SCOTUS will uphold the state of emergency. The Democrats are wasting their time attempting to fight the president.

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Chip Star - The lawsuits challenge Truml's power grab are some of the most beautiful lawsuits ever. Okay. Those lawsuits will wind their way through the most amazing justice system in the world. It will be years before any wall is built. Believe me.

Believe you? There are already walls in place. The caravans of illegal aliens who invaded Mexico on their way to the U.S. have been stopped in Mexico by the very walls you ignore.

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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on a resolution aimed at stopping President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Mexico, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday.

The first thing that elected Democrats will have to prove, in the courts, is that the POTUS doesn't have the constitutional authority to declare a national emergency. After that effort ends in failure, the Democrats will try to find another way of allowing illegal aliens to vote in U.S. elections.

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