People hate the word "invasion", but that's what it is - it's an invasion of drugs, and criminals, and people. The vote to cancel Trump's border emergency, which would allocate $3.6 billion more on border barriers than Congress had allowed, passed 59-41. The House previously passed the resolution last month, 245 (including 13 Republicans) to 182.
Trump's veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Representatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess.
"I'd like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Border Security and the WALL", Trump tweeted ahead of his veto action.
"Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it", he said. Several prominent Senate Republicans stood with the Democrats against the president's emergency declaration, including Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Rand Paul (R-KY).
Trump, however, insisted the situation on the southern border is "a tremendous national emergency", adding, "our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point".
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American Civil Liberties Union, which filed one of the cases, said the veto was meaningless - like the declaration in the first place.
Most Republicans who defected did so as a protest vote over the president's methods and their fear about the precedent of executive overreach rather than the underlying debate over whether a border wall is necessary.
"It's not appropriate for a president to ask for money, Congress decides what to spend and then the president spends the amount he wants anyway under the National Emergencies Act", said GOP Senator Lamar Alexander shortly before voting to terminate the emergency declaration.
"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", she said in a statement.
Following the veto, the resolution will return to the House.
The president made a border wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign for the White House. "This is not about the president or border security, in fact I support border security, I support a barrier". ".THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!" the President of The United States literally just typed on Twitter with the world at his window sill.