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US House to sue to block Trump border wall funding action

05 April 2019

Two Texas Democrats representing border districts, Veronica Escobar and Henry Cuellar, also on Thursday introduced a resolution condemning Trump's border shutdown threats. At another point, he said, "If the drugs don't stop, we'll tariff the cars".

President Donald Trump backed away from his threat to close off the United States-Mexico border after prominent Republicans - including Texas Senator Ted Cruz - warned that a sealed border could have long-term economic consequences for residents of border states, many of whom voted for Donald Trump.

Trucks wait in a long queue at border customs control to cross into the US, at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico April 3, 2019.

Trump declared a national emergency so he could use more money to construct the wall he's promised since his presidential campaign.

"The House will once again defend our Democracy and our Constitution, this time in the courts".

Sixteen Democrat-majority states have already sued Trump over the emergency declaration, filing their challenge before a federal judge in California. He gave the country a deadline to do more to stop drugs or face tariffs.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Friday
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Pelosi, who took over as House Speaker in January, vowed to block any money for the wall, ever, and gloated when the compromise appropriations bill that staved off the second shutdown gave the administration even less funding for border protection than the December proposal Trump had rejected.

"We're going to give them a one-year warning, and if the drugs don't stop or (are) largely stopped, we're going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular, the cars ... and if that doesn't stop the drugs, we close the border", Trump told reporters Thursday.

The president said Mexico has been stepping up efforts to apprehend Central American migrants, but added more needs to be done. "And if that doesn't work, we're going to close the border". "I'll do one or the other, and probably settle for the tariffs", Trump said at the White House. Over the Thanksgiving holiday a year ago, Trump claimed he'd already "closed the border" after officials briefly closed the northbound lanes at San Ysidro, California, for several hours in the early morning to bolster security because of concerns about a potential influx of migrant caravan members.

"A lot of good things are happening with Mexico", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Last year, Nielsen unveiled the new section of replacement wall and placed a plaque on the USA side on which President Trump's name was engraved.

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Gauke said the prime minister was "reflecting" on the possibility of bringing it back to Parliament for a fourth vote. Mr Lewis told Radio 4's Today programme: "The government's position is very clear - we do not support these options".

US House to sue to block Trump border wall funding action