Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

From the Associated Press: “In a stunning rebuke, the Republican-controlled Senate has voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate voted 59-41 for a resolution to halt Trump’s emergency order. Trump has promised to veto it, and it is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to override him. Yet the vote represents a remarkable break between Trump and Senate Republicans. It’s the first time Congress has used its power to reject a presidential emergency order.” Expanded story.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. voted against a resolution that would overturn Trump’s national emergency declaration: “President Trump is right. We have a crisis at the border. I have voted to improve border security every chance I’ve had since I came to the Senate in 2005. I’ve been to the U.S. Southern border and seen firsthand the need for stronger border security and better enforcement capabilities. Of the choices we have before us today, I’m voting for the best option to strengthen border security.”

U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., in a series of Tweets: “There is a five-alarm crisis at the southern border. I’ve seen it firsthand. This is not just about illegal immigration or building the wall. It’s about the explosion in illegal drug trafficking. @POTUS is right to take action to protect the American people. It is criminal that Congress has made border security a political issue when both parties should be working together to keep Americans safe.”

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