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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in the State Dining Room of the White House on April 4, 2023, in Washington. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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The president declared a national emergency in February to access federal money to build a wall similar to this razor-wire-covered border wall separating Nogalas, Mexico (left), and Nogales, Ariz. Congress did not approve the full amount he asked for last year to follow through on a key campaign pledge. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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President Trump said Thursday he would "probably have to veto" the resolution blocking his emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump Vows Veto After Congress Blocks His Order To Build Border Wall

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at the Capitol in 2018. Normally a close ally of President Trump, Paul announced that he would support a resolution to end Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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New 18-foot, steel bollard fencing is replacing an old vehicle border near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico. Environmentalists are concerned the new fencing will block off wildlife corridors. Mallory Falk/KRWG hide caption

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President Trump speaks Friday in the Rose Garden at the White House, where he declared a national emergency. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds most Americans don't think there is an emergency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A section of border wall separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, as seen from the U.S. in January. California has filed a lawsuit along with 15 other states, calling President Trump's use of a national emergency declaration to redirect money toward border wall construction unconstitutional. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on Friday to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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During his State of the Union speech this month, President Trump reiterated his call for funding of a wall to block unauthorized migration across the Southern border. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Emergency Declaration For Border Wall Could Tap Military Funds

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was tapped to give the Spanish language response to the president's State of the Union address by top congressional Democratic leaders. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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President Trump's border wall prototypes are seen from Tijuana in Baja California state, Mexico, on Monday. Trump has said he may invoke emergency powers to build a border wall if Congress doesn't agree to his demand for funding. Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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