Former US security officials to oppose emergency declaration

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The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has advanced a resolution to terminate Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the US-Mexico border, in a bid to block the president from beginning construction on a border wall without approval from Congress.

Democrats and some Republicans worry that with the emergency declaration unilaterally funding his border wall without lawmakers' approval, Trump was presenting a risky challenge to the constitutional balance of powers between Congress and the executive branch of government.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), also a member of the Liberty Caucus, said on Twitter that he supports Trump's proposed border wall, but that he'd nevertheless vote in favor of the resolution blocking the emergency declaration. Instead, he said, it is an issue of separation of powers, and he warned Republicans not to "look the other way" because the same tactic could be used by a Democratic president in the future. The bill would need a simple majority to pass, and four Republican defectors joining all Democrats and their two independent allies would suffice.

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis will vote in favor of a resolution against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border, the North Carolinian wrote Monday in a Washington Post op-ed.

Senate passage would force Trump's first veto, which Congress would surely lack the votes to override. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who now supports the President's decision, had previously said he wanted to avoid it.

As opposition to Trump's declared national emergency along our Southern Border picks up steam, perhaps the biggest rebuke of the declaration is taking place today.

Sixteen states are now suing the Trump administration in a federal court in San Francisco, and Trump is expected to face other legal challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of border property owners. They have two, now that Tillis and Maine Sen.

"I saw a lot of heartbreak and challenge", he said.

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"We are aware of no emergency that remotely justifies such a step", wrote the 58 national security officials, who included former Obama and Clinton administration Cabinet secretaries as well as Bush administration security officials. "Without strong Borders, we don't have a Country - and the voters are on board with us".

Also Monday, national security experts and former GOP lawmakers issued public declarations against Trump's edict, saying that the situation along the southern border is not a genuine emergency and that Trump is abusing his powers.

President Trump is prepared to use his first-ever veto to block the measure if it passes.

Republicans have 53 seats in the Senate.

Collins said Wednesday she supports a lawsuit challenging Trump's national emergency, adding that she plans to vote for the congressional resolution. "Don't fall into the Democrats "trap" of Open Borders and Crime!"

At issue is Trump's longstanding vow to build a wall along the 1,900-mile southwest border, perhaps his top campaign promise.

Prior to the House's scheduled vote on the resolution Tuesday, Amash explained in detail why he opposes Trump's national emergency declaration.

President Trump wants to build a wall at the border with Mexico, but many officials say it is not needed.

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