(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump on Friday issued his first veto blocking the Democrat-sponsored resolution against his national emergency declaration to build the border wall, calling it a “vote against reality.”
"Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that if signed into law would put countless Americans in danger - very grave danger. The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. It is definitely a national emergency,” he said during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office attended by members of law enforcement and families who lost loved ones to criminal aliens.
“Rarely have we had a national emergency. Therefore, to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution, and that’s what it was,” the president said. He also thanked the Republicans who voted against the resolution.
“Congress’s vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality,” Trump said.
“Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We’re on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people we have no idea who they are, but we capture them, because border security is so good, but they’re put in a very bad situation, and we’re bursting at the seams, literally bursting at the seams,” he said.
“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 a bigger emergency than we have right at our own border. Consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our founders, today I am vetoing this resolution,” Trump said.
“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it, and I’m very proud to veto it,” he said. Trump thanked the military for its role in defending the border, saying, “they’re putting up walls, in some cases temporary.”
“In some cases, they were supposed to be temporary. They’re so good that they’re better than the permanent, so we’re leaving them,” the president said.
He also noted that there was a 2,000 percent increase in asylum claims along the border in the last 10 years, which he blamed in part on the success of the economy.
The president complained that the detention facilities are bursting at the seam, and there’s “really nowhere left to hold all the people that we’re capturing.” He called on Democrats to work with the GOP to change the immigration laws, which he said are “horrendous” and “dangerous” for the country.
“We can just do our job and do it well, but there’s a point at which if the Democrats would ... we’d be able to make a deal in 15 minutes. We could make a deal on changing catch and release, changing the horrible asylum laws that are so unfair, changing visa lottery, chain migration,” Trump said.