Jordan: How Many Caravans Have to Arrive Before Congress Agrees With Trump on Nat'l Emergency?
House Oversight Committee Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that the same Republicans opposing President Trump on his declaration of a national emergency on the border also opposed a wall when the party controlled Congress.
"The president is keeping his word and doing what he said," Jordan said. "The American people like him and [people in Washington] don't."
Jordan asked rhetorically how many "caravans" must reach the U.S.-Mexico border before everyone is in agreement that there is an emergency.
Earlier this week, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul joined North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins to break the threshold of votes needed to strike down Trump's emergency declaration.
The four Republicans join all 45 Senate Democrats and Independents Angus King Jr. of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont in opposing Trump.
However, Jordan said that when Trump vetoes the measure, Congress will not have the votes to override.
According to officials, more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February, a "remarkable" leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years.
Of those, 7,249 were unaccompanied children, and 40,385 were family units -- totaling 60 percent of apprehensions.
At least 25 people affiliated with the MS-13 gang were deported from Mexico after they were revealed to be concealed within a caravan of 1,600 Central American migrants just across the U.S. border, immigration officials announced last month.
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