House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning a vote to override President Donald J. Trump’s veto of an action that would stop his national emergency declaration at the United States-Mexico border, preventing the president from freeing up money to build the border wall.
After President Trump vetoed Congress passed legislation that would prevent the president from building the wall through national emergency powers, Rep. Pelosi now believes she has the votes to override the president’s veto.
President Trump vetoed the bill less than an hour before Pelosi released her statement via the House Speaker website.
In a press release put out on Friday afternoon, Pelosi said she has scheduled the override vote for March 26.
“The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people.
“On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto.
“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution.”
If successful, this would totally stop President Trump’s attempt to build the border wall without congressional funding. Both the House and Senate would need a two thirds majority vote to override the veto.
Twelve senate Republicans joined with Democrats along near partisan lines yesterday to stop the national emergency declaration.
According to Breitbart, these included “Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO).”
Assuming only these twelve Republicans would vote to override President Trump’s veto, they would fall short of the two thirds majority needed in the senate. It remains to be seen whether the majority of Senate Republicans will side with the president, or if they will cross the line to join Sen. Chuck Schumer and Pelosi in preventing the United States from gaining much needed border security.
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Federal Court Rules Trump Administration Can Withhold Grant Funding From Sanctuary Cities
If they won’t follow the law, they’re not getting DOJ funding.
In the latest in a round of policy victories for the Trump administration on immigration, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Department of Justice can block sanctuary cities from receiving federal grants on account of their failure to comply with federal immigration law.
Former Attorney Jeff Sessions announced the initiative in 2017, that restricts sanctuary cities and states such as San Francisco and Philadelphia from federal grants. The liberal local governments will be prevented from receiving funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Predictably, liberal state and local governments turned to the court system with hopes of coercing the federal government to fund their law enforcement agencies, even as they openly refused cooperation with ICE, releasing dangerous criminal illegals onto the streets in spite of ICE requests that they instead be placed into federal custody.
After an initial victory for the sanctuary states and cities in a lower district court, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Department of Justice does have the authority to deny federal grant funding to scofflaw cities and municipalities.
The ruling allows the DOJ to withhold grant funding not only from cities, but states that flout federal immigration law, as well. Sessions’ funding block to sanctuary entities includes six states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.
Cities that flout immigration law and cooperation with ICE won’t simply be left to their own devices, as well, even as they lose federal funding. ICE is buffing up their presence in some of America’s most flagrant sanctuary cities, bringing in an elite team of Customs and Border Patrol personnel to assist in the arrests of dangerous illegal alien criminals.
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