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House fails to override Trump veto on wall

REP. DON YOUNG VOTES TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT

The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a Democrat-led attempt to block his declaration of a national emergency on the border with Mexico.

The House needed 290 votes, but mustered only 248 in its effort block Trump’s veto of House Joint Resolution 46. Trump declared a national emergency on February 15, to direct funds to build a wall along the southern border. He used the authority of the National Emergencies Act; presidents have used the act nearly 60 times since it was enacted in 1976.

Alaska Congressman Don Young voted along with the majority of Republicans to support the president. Twelve Republicans voted with the Democrat majority.

The failure to override the veto allows the president to access up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds.

Congress has already appropriated substantial funding in past legislation — legislation that was supported by Democrats who today want to prevent Trump from fulfilling one of his main campaign promises.

More than 76,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border in February, according to the White House, which pointed to an “unprecedented surge in the number of alien families arriving at the southern border – more than 40,000 arrived last month.”

The president noted that apprehension of illegal immigrant families has spiked by 300 percent compared to the same period last year, and this has put a strain on resources at the border.

“As alien families arrive in record numbers, loopholes force the Government to release many of them into the interior, after which they often fail to appear in court. Large migrant groups are streaming to our border, with 70 groups of 100 or more migrants attempting to cross this year. By comparison, only 13 such groups attempted to cross last year,” the White House said.

The southern border is the primary highway for drugs such as cocaine, hero, methamphetamine and fentanyl. In the past two years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 266,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records and deported 5,872 known or suspected gang members.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Sadly, 12 so called Republicans voted against the President!

    • Sad. We know where Lisa was!

    • The sad part was that they weren’t the majority and that they couldn’t fund it straight up. (Thanks Paul Ryan and John Boehner). Gnashing our teeth over swing districts can be counterproductive.

  • Praise God! I’m so happy that, regardless of what people believe to be the agenda or purpose, it is finally happening either way. Along with Mueller’s report being released, this week is just full of surprises and finality.

  • “We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’” Trump said. “And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning, We’re going to make America great again.”

    We haven’t won but we are winning.

  • Why is this important? Because it’s drawing the line against those who are working to change the demographics of the USA by massive immigration. That includes the hard left, the Mexican government, the Catholic Church. I’m not sure the wall is a great idea in itself, the most important thing is to pull American troops out of the Middle East, where we have to national interest, and place them on the southern border. The USA is already too crowded. Let’s stop the overpopulation while we can.

  • I like to think of it as the minority in the House succeeded in supporting what the majority of Americans want…secure borders.

    • So agree

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