tv President Trump Vetoes Senate Resolution to End Natl Emergency CSPAN March 15, 2019 5:37pm-6:09pm EDT
prodepressives. and former administrator of the national highway traffic safety administration discusses drunk driving prevention. be sure to watch c-span's "washington journal." live at 7:00 eastern saturday morning. join the discussion. earlier today president trump vee head to house and senate-passed resolution that would terminate his border emergency declaration. it was the president's first veto and he was joined by vice president pence, homeland security secretary kirsten nielsen, attorney general william barr, and several people whose family members have been killed by illegal immigrants. both the house and senate would need a 2/3's majority to override the veto which looks unlikely to happen. this is half an hour.
president trump: earlier i spoke with the prime minister of new zealand. i told the prime minister that the united states is with them all the way. 100%, whatever they need, we will be there. new zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years, our relationship has never been better. and what they're going through is absolutely terrible. so our hearts are with them and whatever we can do. we're grateful to be joined today by the vice president, thank you very much, mike, for being here. members of my cabinet, devoted public servants and angel parents. very important peel to -- people to me. and to a lot of other people. i want to thank you all for being here. thank you so much for being here. we appreciate it. thank you. been through a lot. as we take action to restore our
national sovereignty and defend this nation from criminal cartels, human traffickers and drug smugglers, crime of all kinds coming through our southern border and other places. but this is the place. this is the place we have the biggest problem by far. and i want to also compliment the incredible people at border patrol and i.c.e. and law enforcement for the job they've done. they've apprehended so many thousands and thousands of people that if we had the proper protection we wouldn't even have to apprehend they wouldn't be coming in. as president, the protection of the nation is my highest duty. yesterday, congress passed a dangerous resolution that, if signed into law, would put countless americans in danger. very grave danger. the democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. it is definitely a national emergency.
rarely have we had such a national emergency. therefore to defend the safety and security of all americans, i will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution and that's what it was, and i have to in particular thank the republicans, strong, wonderful -- wonderful people, the republican senators that were on our side, on the side of border security. and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe. they were very courageous yesterday. i appreciate that very much. congress' vote to deny the cry soins the southern border is a vote against reality. against reality. it is a tremendous national emergency, it's a tremendous crisis. last month more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our bhorder. we're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders, people hate the word
invasion but that's what it is. it's an invasion of drugs and criminals and people, we have no idea who they are but we capture them because border security is so good. but they're put in a very bad position. we're bursting at the seams. literally bursting that the eseams. what border patrol is able to do is incredible. i also, by the way, want to thank our military because our military has been very much involved, as you know. and they're putting up walls, in some cases temporary, in some cases they were supposed to be temporary. they're so good that they're better than the permanent so we're leaving them. we've really nowhere left to hold all the people that were captured and we're at a point where we're just going to have to say with these horrible decisions that we've been handed by people that aren't living in reality that there's nothing we can do. there's absolutely nothing we can do we're bursting at the seams. you can only do so much. and the only option then is to
release them, but you can't do that either because when you release them they come into our society and in many cases they're stone cold criminals. and in many cases, in some cases, you have killers coming in and murderers coming in and we're not going to allow that to happen. not going to allow it to happen. there's been nearly 2,000% increase in border-related asylum claims over the last decade. part of the reason is because our country is doing so well economically that people are coming up in droves. the vast majority are rejected but smuggling organizations make a tremendous amount of money, take they've never made before, are using these people to crash the system. our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point and as i said, nothing much we can do. we can just do our job and do it well. but there's a point at which if the democrats would, would get
it, we'd be able to make a deal, literally in 15 minutes we could make a deal on changing catch and release. chain the -- changing the horrible asylum laws that are so unfair. changing visa lottery. chain myfwration. these laws are just horrendous. i won't explain them. everybody standing behind me knows exactly what they are. they're dangerous for our country and they're inspired by democrats who have to change. one in three migrant women is sexually assaulted on the journey north. the border crisis is driving the drug crisis, 70,000 american ags year are gilled drugs including meth, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and the 70,000 people is a number that is so low that it probably shouldn't even be used anymore. the mass incursion of illegal aliens, deadly drugs, dangerous weapons and criminal gang members across our borders has to end. we are bringing out thousands
and thousands a year of ms-13 gang members and other gang members that are just as bad. where they come into our country, they're able to skirt the border, come to areas where we don't have proper wall, where we don't have any wall at all, and they get into the country and they do a lot of damage in many cases but we get them out by the thousands and we bring them back or we incarcerate them. the national emergency i declared last month was authorized by congress under the 1976 national emergencies act. and there haven't been too many that are bigger emergencies than we have right at our own border. consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our founders, today i am vetoing this resolution. congress has the freedom to pass
this resolution and i have the duty to veto it and i'm proud to veto it. i'm proud as i said of a lot of republican senators that were with me, i'm also very proud of the house, the republicans in the house, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a secure border. since 1976, presidents have declared 59 national emergencies, they often involve protecting foreign citizens in far off lands. yet congress has not terminated any of them. every single one of them is still in existence. and yet we don't worry about our land. we worry about other people's land. that's why i say, america first, if that's ok, america first. the only emergency congress voted to revoke was the one to protect our own country. so thank of that -- so think of that. with all the national emergencies, this was the one they don't want to do. this is the one perhaps they should most.
we're joined today by many brave law enforcement officers including sheriffs and people that have been just tremendous, tremendous backers of law and order. which we have to have. we're also joined by friends of mine, mary ann mendoza. ken terry. laura wilkerson. sabine durbin. steve rodback. i'll ask steve to say a few words and ask some of the folks behind me to say also a few words as to the importance of what we're doing. there's nothing more important. as i said, i was elected on a very -- by a very, very great group of american people, millions and millions of people, because they want security for our country. that's what we're going to have. i'd like to ask secretary nielsen to say a few words and then attorney general bill barr and then i'd like to go to some of the folks behind me and
perhaps you have something to say and then we're going to sign something that's going to give us safety at our bored. secretary? >> i want to thank you and the vice president for your leadership and your constant support of the brave men and women not only represented behind you, they're the front lines of our country, c.b.p. and i.c.e. the fact that this is an emergency is undeniable. we have not seen this type of flow, as you knowing it's predominantly families and children which means there's a very unique and dangerous humanitarian crisis at hand in addition to the security that you just described in your remarks. we have a duty to know who comes in our country. we have a duty to ensure that the flow is safe and orderly. that's what you attempted to do and i again ask congress to please pay attention. we've given you the facts. the system is breaking. security is at risk. the very humanitarian protections we hold dear in this
country are at risk in terms of our ability to ro provide those to vulnerable population. thank you always for your leadership and support. >> thank you very much. >> mr. president, your declaration of an emergency on the southern border was clearly authorized under the law and consistent with past precedent. as you said, the national emergencies act directly authorizes the president, gives broad discretionary authority to the president, to identify and respond to emerging circumstances that require decisive response. the humanitarian and security crisis we have on the border right now is exactly the kind of emergency that presidents are permitted to address under the national emergencies act. as you alluded to yourself, in the past 40 years there have been 59 emergencies declared. and many of these have dealt with political conditions in
countries like burundi, sierra leone, belarus. the crisis that we're dealing with today is right on our doorstep. it presents a real clear and present danger to the american people. so what you've done from a legal standpoint is probably grounded in law and from the standpoint of protecting the american people it's imperative. president trump: thank you very much. you'll be defending it, you'll defend it well, i have no doubt about that would anybody like to say something? why don't we start with mike. >> thank you, mr. president. i don't know that i've ever been more proud to be standing next to your desk than i am today. to be standing with these courageous americans and with these extraordinary angel parents. we have a criescy -- a crisis on our southern border. reality is, it's not only a crisis of illegal immigration, criminal elements are coming across our border, the from the of drugs now drug overdoses -- drug everdose is the number one
cause of death for americans urn the age of 55. the crisis on our southern boarder is a crisis across the nation. add in human trafficking and all that comes with this crisis justify the president's declaration of a national emergency. suspecting all the people of the united states. today, mr. president, with your strong support for the men and women in law enforcement, customs and border protection, homeland security, and with i know what is your love in your heart for these angel parents, you're keeping your word by etoing this legislation. by finding the available resources to build a wall, address this emergency and secure our border. i know i speak on behalf of all gathered here and across the country when i say thank you for keeping your word, mr. president. [applause]
>> mr. president, thank you so much for a very necessary veto to support public safety in this country. the sheriffs and men and women of law enforcement in this room and across this nation owe you a debt of gratitude for something that we've been waiting for for decades. our hats are off to you again, sir tsms an hon nor to be here, it's an honor to be involved in this, it's an honor for law enforcement as we fight the drug trade every tai in this country and all the things that go along in our business and our profession from an insecure border. so again, sincerely, we thank you, sir. president trump: thank you so much. thank you for being here with me. [applause] >> mr. president, i can't thank you enough on behalf of america's sheriffs. there are men and women in law enforcement across this country
that are fighting the battle every single day. they are in the trenches. while we americans only make up about 7% of the world's total population, about 68% of the world's total drugs are consumed here in the united states every year. this is not political propaganda. we have a dire crisis on our southwest border. and america sheriffs stand behind the president of the united states 100%. he has had our back, he's had the american's back, and we stand behind you solidly for what you're doing every kay. this is unpess den forward president to take this action. we commend you, we applaud you, and i salute you, sir. [applause] >> my son was killed in 2014 by a repeat illegal alien criminal allowed to stay in this country heasms police officer in mesa, arizona. and angel families come forward to tell their stories not
because we created a manufactured crisis but because we want to tell the american people and share our heartache and let you know what's happening on our toop steps, what's happening to your neighbors and there is a way to prevent this and it's not by catching -- it's not by lying and telling you there isn't a problem. there's a problem, it's a national emergency and thank you. president trump: thank you very much. [applause] >> mr. president, i echo the sentiments. thank you for the support. this has been something we're not used to. for the last several years to have this kind of support. this is -- what we say in arizona, this isn't about immigration anymore. this is about drug trafficking and human trafficking into this country. if you care about human rights you should care about border security. human beings are -- their rights are being violated on that border every day. i know i speak on behalf of the arizona border sheriffs, i challenge our congressmen and strides after.
this i'm the sheriff of your home, we have the same problems. i'm convinced with what you're doing here -- without what you're doing here today every county becomes a border county. thank you. [applause] president trump: let's get this -- your son will not have died in vain. when they said trump's not going to win you said trump is going to win and i said -- and they will not have died in vain. right? that's true. i say it today with even more meaning. big step. >> thank you. . . . . president trump: that's a big step. we're building a lot of wall right now. it started, people said we took
down wall, building new wall tesm took -- we took down wall that almost didn't exist. it was like paper. we're replacing it with 18-foot wall. we have many miles under construction right now. we're going to be signing contracts over the next couple of days for literally hundreds of miles of wall. and it's being built in the right places. and it's doing the job. it's doing the job. it's interesting. it's a little bit like water. we did san diego. california is interesting because they keep talking to california we feel don't want wall. i see a new candidate in the mix, he wants to take down the wall. try that sometime. you'll see what will happen. tens of millions of people coming in. look at tijuana. take down that wall. you want to see a mess? take down that wall, you'll see what will happen. right now we have thousands of people in tee juan in a trying to get in, they're -- in tijuana trying to get in, they're not getting in. as we build it, it gets better and better. but it gets to a point, but you
can control that point. this is serious stuff. this is -- able to do it cheaper, better, better wall, different from what you've been watching going up. we had to take the old plans, didn't want to stop so we took e old plans, and say if -- it's a beautiful looking structure. much stronger. you can build it faster and cheaper. other than that, what can they say. it's going to be great. and it's going to have a tremendous impact. on top of that i have to thank the secretary and all the people that have work sod hard because what you do in the border patrol, what you do, what those patrol agents what the i.c.e. folks do, and taking people out of the country that nobody wants to talk to. even some of the sheriffs say, if you can get i.c.e. to do it, don't mind if they do it, right, sheriff? as tough as you are. these are tough people. they're great people. they're people that the i.c.e. folks take such abuse from democrats and some others, they love our country as much as anybody loves our country.
so we're building a lot of wall and we're taking good care of our people, we're doing at point of entry a tremendous amount of work. we're already in contract to buy, they make pretty incredible new equipment for drug detection where you can find out what's in the wheel of a car. where it is. where it's in the engine. where it's in the hubcaps. we have some incredible stuff. plus we have also, we're getting dogs. more dogs. believe it or not. i still say this, it's still true, nothing replaces a good dog, right? >> absolutely. president trump: we haven't been able to match the dog. i've seen secret service, they showed me the dogs, certain types of german shepherd, very specific types of dog. but what they do, go right by 15 boxes all empty except one. they'll be very, very strongly sealed boxes and they'll come running full speed and stop like on a dime.
they know the drugs are in that box. most incredible thing. we're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on equipment. i will say this. it's not as good as the dogs. as you know, we're getting, you have the best equipment. we're getting a lot of deporgs the various entry points also. so with that, i just want to thank everybody for being here. in particular i want to thank you folks because you have been, -- please say he will loy to all your friends that have been with us really from day one. what you've been through is unthinkable. and i appreciate it. and you're strong people. you're strong and you're proud. and your kids are looking down on you right now and they're very proud of their moms and their dads. you know that, right? they're very proud. [applause] thank you very much. again to those republican senators that did what they had to do yesterday, i want to thank them. they're very special friends, very special people and they
want to see borders that are strong where we don't allow drugs and crime and all of the problems coming into our country. thank you all very much. thank you. >> white nationalist, rising threat around the world? president trump: i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. i guess if you look at what happened in new zealand, perhaps that's a case. i don't know enough about it yet. they're just learning about the person. and the people involved. but it's certainly a terrible thing. terrible thing. yes? >> mr. president, some of the republicans who voted for this resolution say they support border security but oppose executive overreach. do you have sympathy for that? president trump: i do they're doing what they have to do. look, i put no pressure on anybody. i actually said i cuff gotten some of them to come along. i said i want you to vote your heart do, what you want to do i'm not put anything pressure. i'll let them know when there's
pressure. when i need your vote, i'll let you know. i didn't need the vote. we knew it would be a veto. we knew it would be override. it would go quickly. as your attorney general just said the case is a strong case, very powerful case. i think national emergency was designed for specific purpose like this. so we have a great -- we have a great case and i think it's going very well. ideally they shouldn't sue in this case. they shouldn't be suing in this case. but they will because they always do. we want border security, we want safety, we want no drug we want no human trafficking. >> one followup, the killer in the tragic incident wrote a manifesto, did you see that? president trump: i did not see it. i did not see it. i think it's a horrible event. it's a horrible thing. i saw it early in the morning when i looked at what was happening in new zealand. i just spoke to the prime
minister. i think it's a horrible, disgraceful thing. a horrible act. thank you all very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> president trump's veto was the first of his administration. after he vetoed the resolution, house speaker nancy pelosi released this statement. the house and senate resoundingly rejecked the president's lawless power grab yet the president has continued 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 oath to support and defend the constitution. both the house and senate would need a 2/3's majority to override the presidential veto. right now it appears unlikely that either chamber will reach
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