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Texas Senate Backs Trump's 'Border Crisis' Assertions

Texas Senate Backs Trump's 'Border Crisis' Assertions
5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 02 2019 Apr 2, 2019 April 02, 2019 5:34 PM April 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved a resolution supporting President Donald Trump's assertion that there is an immigration "crisis" on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The non-binding language was introduced on the floor by Houston Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt on Tuesday.

Outnumbered Democrats said they were blindsided and complained bitterly during hours of heated debate - but they didn't have the votes to stop it.

The purely ceremonial resolution stated that the "Texas Senate supports the president in his efforts to move forward with emergency action" on the border.

Still, lawmakers had previously largely avoided thorny immigration debates, despite Texas' 1,200-mile border with Mexico.

The U.S. House and Senate voted against Trump's use of emergency power to build a border wall, but he vetoed the resolution and Congress was unable to override him

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