House Democrats plan to table a resolution on Friday to block President Trump's emergency declaration in order to obtain more funding for a southern border wall, although the resolution faces some questionable difficulties. in the Senate led by the GOP and to the near-certain prospect of a veto in the White House. almost impossible to overcome for Congress.
The whole House is expected to vote on the measure in mid-March, if not sooner. Jordan's Trump ally, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told ABC News this weekend that he believed the number of GOP votes in Congress was enough to prevent the two-third majorities needed to defeat a veto in the House and Senate.
"I think there are a lot of votes in the House to make sure there is no derogation from the president's veto," he said. "So it'll be settled in court, we'll have to wait and see."
The brewing legislative battle comes as attorneys general of California, New York and 14 other states filed a lawsuit on Monday in the ninth Liberal circuit against the White House's emergency declaration, saying that Trump had "turned the country into a constitutional crisis of his own decision". . "
Trump mockingly predicted the White House trial last week, saying the Ninth Circuit would issue an injunction in a "bad decision" but that the Supreme Court would give it a "victory" after "a fair trial". This trajectory, said the president, has become too familiar as a result of similar reversals of its travel ban and other initiatives.
The White House also reacted to the prosecution on the merits, saying the National Emergency Act provided for Congress to table resolutions challenging the president's reallocation of funds previously allocated for general military purposes by Congress.
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But Democrats made it clear that they did not want to leave the case exclusively to the courts. Auxiliary spokesman Joaquin Castro of Texas on Wednesday issued a letter to other congressional offices, seeking additional co-sponsors for his one-page resolution to block the statement. "We plan to introduce it on Friday morning," says the letter obtained by the Associated Press.
Castro 's measure, which describes Trump' s emergency statement, says that she "is hereby over". Castro chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The plan for the presentation of the resolution was initially described by leaders of three progressive groups who had heard of them from Congressional advisers, but were not allowed to discuss plans in private.
Congress approved a huge spending bill last week, providing nearly $ 1.4 billion for the construction of border gates in a 55-km radius in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, while preventing a new government closure. This measure represented a rejection of Trump's $ 5.7 billion request to build more than 200 miles.
In addition to signing the bill, Trump also declared a national emergency that he said would give him access to an additional $ 6.6 billion from a federal asset forfeiture fund, anti-drug efforts. of the Department of Defense and military construction projects.
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Democrats and some Republicans say that there is no urgency at the border and claim that Trump erroneously states that he does not want to get around the rejection by Congress of higher amounts.
White House advisor Stephen Miller, however, defended the emergency statement in an exclusive interview with "Fox News Sunday" this weekend.
Miller, interviewed by anchor Chris Wallace, asked why a wall is needed if most drugs are captured at entry points, said the government's statistics on this are misleading and easily interpreted.
"The problem with the assertion that you" apprehend 80 or 90% of the drugs at the points of entry ", is to say that you apprehend most of the contraband products at the checkpoints of the TSA in the airports, "Miller said. "You are apprehensive of smuggling there because that is where the people, the screening officers are, I assure you that if we had control officers of the same density on every inch of the border south, more drugs would be banned in these areas. "
Miller added that the reason why four times as many illegal immigrants were stopped at the border in 2000 as in 2018 is that now, illegal immigrants are much harder to stop because of the more stringent laws as regards asylum and immigration.
Associated Press contributed to this report.