WASHINGTON (FOX 10/AP) - A border wall expert in the Valley is weighing in, after the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives failed to override the President's veto in relation to his emergency declaration of the border.
Congress sent Trump a resolution this month annulling the national emergency that Trump had declared at the US-Mexico border. That included passage by the Republican-led Senate, in which 12 GOP senators -- nearly one of every four -- voted with Democrats to block him.
Trump vetoed that measure almost immediately. On Tuesday, lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, mostly along party lines, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.
Trump had declared the border emergency under a law that lets him shift budget funds to address dire situations. His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers.
"Regardless of what happened today, this whole thing is going to be tied up in court for months maybe a year or two," said attorney Andy Gordon, who used to serve in the Department of Homeland Security. He said it's unlikely to see the maneuvering play out, anytime soon.
"What people are forgetting is the first year in the Trump administration, the budget contained money to build 12 or 13 more miles, not a foot of that fence has been built," Gordon said.
Gordon equates the situation to both sides putting on a show and appealing to their supporters.
"He's trying to fulfill a promise to the base," said Gordon. "The Democrats are fighting it, but it's not as if anything is going to get built, nothing is going to get built."