Marking a first during his presidency, US President Donald Trump signed his first-ever veto on Friday, rejecting a congressional resolution to overturn his decision to declare a national emergency at the US-Mexico border, ONA reports quoting sputniknews.
Surrounded by officials from the US Customs and Border Protection and family members of individuals killed by undocumented immigrants, Trump told reporters that lawmakers passed a dangerous resolution on Thursday, and that the measure would've ultimately put American lives at risk.
"Today I am vetoing this resolution," Trump said. "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it."
Trump went on to state that the Land of the Free is facing an invasion, and that the US' current immigration laws must be changed.
In response to the move, US Attorney General William Barr said that Trump's declaration of a national emergency was authorized under the law.
Trump's move comes just one day after 12 Senate Republicans joined Democrats in rebuking the president's February 2019 decision to declare a national emergency as a means to redirect government funds to build a wall at the US' southern border.
"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country," Trump tweeted moments after the measure passed.