The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, and there haven't been too many that are bigger [emergencies] than we have right at our own border. On Thursday, Democrats and Republicans rebuked 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.
"Yesterday, Congress passed a unsafe resolution that if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger". The numbers did not make it to the level required to override a veto, meaning Trump would secure his plans despite congressional disapproval.
"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is", Trump said Friday.
"The president acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concerning the southern border", the Justice Department argues in the letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post.
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The border wall project still faces a variety of legal challenges, and despite Trump's veto, House and Senate votes against the emergency declaration could carry some weight in the courts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump's veto a "lawless power grab", and railed that, even after both chambers tried to stop him, Trump "has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people". "I didn't need the vote because we all knew it would be a veto and they're not going to be able to override".
Trump was surrounded at Friday's event by officials from Customs and Border Protection as well as surviving family members of those who have loved ones killed by undocumented immigrants. The president has been strong on that.
We're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders.
Trump offered praise to the GOP senators who remained loyal and voted against terminating his declaration, saying "they were very courageous yesterday, and I appreciate that very much".
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. He initially insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall but it has declined to do so. His signature ended a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government, which had been triggered by a showdown after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7bn he requested to start construction at the border.