It was also the first time that Congress voted to block a presidential emergency since the National Emergencies Act became law in 1976.
Trump’s push for a border wall
Trump declared a national emergency on the US southern border in February, after he failed to secure an additional $3.9 billion from Congress to fund a border wall with Mexico — a barrier he’d previously said that Mexico would pay for.
The president’s budget standoff with Congress led to a 35-day partial government shutdown which ended in January.
Trump has justified declaring an emergency by saying there is a security and humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico and that a barrier is needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Building a border wall was also one of his main campaign promises and one that is likely to reappear during his 2020 re-election campaign.
Opponents of Trump’s immigration policies and border wall project argue that there isn’t an emergency at the border and that illegal crossings are at a four-decade low.
rs/jm (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)
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