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President Donald Trump's declaration of a so-called national emergency at the southern border was seen by many as an improper use of executive emergency powers in an effort to secure funding for a border wall.

The move was so controversial that twelve Republican senators crossed party lines to vote yes on a motion of disapproval for the declaration—enough to pass the motion and force Trump to veto it.

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