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Donald Trump tells Senate Republicans: ‘Stay united’ on emergency wall funding

March 6, 2019

President Trump told Senate Republicans Wednesday that they need to “stay united,” although the vote to block his emergency wall funding is expected to pass.

Mr. Trump tweeted that the Republican Party was voting for the “desperately needed” support on the southern border regardless of “precedent.”

“Senate Republicans are not voting on constitutionality or precedent, they are voting on desperately needed Border Security the Wall,” he tweeted. “Our Country is being invaded with Drugs, Human Traffickers, Criminals of all shapes and sizes. That’s what this vote is all about. STAY UNITED!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he expects the vote to pass after four Republican senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky announced they would vote for the resolution and give the Democrats the votes they need to pass the resolution.

“We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it,” Mr. Paul said. “If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.”

Mr. McConnell added that if the resolution passes, the bill will be vetoed by Mr. Trump, and “the veto will be upheld in the House.”

The vote is expected to happen prior to March 15, before the senators head out on a weeklong recess.

While a poll found that 55 percent of voters are skeptical about the need for a wall, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned that the border “crisis is real” at a congressional hearing Wednesday.

While Ms.Nielsen called it a “humanitarian catastrophe” and “chain of human misery,” Democrats said she was lying about the severity of the problems at the U.S.-Mexico border.

New numbers that were recently released show illegal immigration at its highest point since 2007, the last time the government held a mainstream campaign to build a border wall.