Pence, admin officials squeeze senators on emergency declaration, border security


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By Dartunorro Clark

Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials urge Senators to reverse President Donald Trump's emergency statement to build his southern border wall, referring to an increase in illegal crossings in recent months.

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday criticized lawmakers from both parties who are planning to support a decision to block the president's emergency statement.

"A vote against the President's emergency statement is a vote against border security," said Pence in a speech at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit in Washington. "A vote against the President's emergency statement is a vote to deny the real humanitarian crisis and the security crisis at our southern border. put the security of the American people first. "

Democrats and a handful of Republicans in the Senate have promised to oppose Trump's statement, with many referring to concerns that the move is seeking to go around the legislature's constitutional spending authority.

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Admitted on Monday that he believes the Chamber will support a decision to end the national emergency this month, which would lead to a presidential veto that lawmakers would probably not be able to to override.

The Senate is expected to vote on the decision – like that Parliament last week lasted in a 245-182 vote – no later than 15 March before the Senate's next recess. Late. Rand Paul of Kentucky last weekend was the fourth Senate Republican to say he was planning to vote in favor of the decision, which would ensure that the measure would probably pass the GOP-controlled Senate. Susan Collins of Maine, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are also planning to support the measure.

Pence and other administration officials, including homeland secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have quoted an increase in illegal border crossings as a reason for legislators to support the statement.

On a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Nielsen called on legislators to address what she called a "humanitarian disaster" at the border. The secretary, who privately informed the president and lawmakers on border security this week, scolded Democrats to call Trump's border wall, pushing a "made crisis".

"This is not a produced crisis," Nielsen said. "This is really an emergency."

Trump made the statement Last month after the congress, a two-tier expense account consisted of DKK 5.7 billion. dollars he had demanded for a southern border wall, but with some money for fences.

In a look at Fox News on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also condemned lawmakers, especially the Senate Republicans, who are planning to vote to block Trump's statement.

"Look, my message to that group is to do your work," Sanders said. "If you had done what you were chosen to do on the front page, the president would not have to solve this problem alone through a national emergency. The president repeatedly tried to get Congress to work with him to resolve the crisis. they failed to do so, and now the president has to do what is absolutely necessary and what is right, and to declare a national emergency and correct the crisis at the border. "

The number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest sum in February of 12 years, according to statistics released by customs and border protection on Tuesday.

Within 28 days, about 76,000 immigrants presented without the necessary documentation to enter the United States either in lawful entrances or was arrested by the border patrol between entry points.

It's the highest sum for February since 2007, the Department of Homeland Security officials said on a press conference Tuesday. It is also the highest single-month total since Trump was elected in November 2016. Crossings hit nearly 67,000 in October 2016, just before Trump's election.

Nevertheless, February did not stop a total record for border traffic. By 2008, monthly border crossings were consistently above 100,000 and were higher than 200,000 pr. Month in 2000.