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Gardner sides with Trump on emergency immigration declaration

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Sen. Cory Gardner

DENVER — After weeks of speculation regarding whether he would break with President Donald Trump on immigration, Sen. Cory Gardner has sided with the president.

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday on a resolution condemning the president’s decision to declare a national emergency on the border.

The resolution passed overwhelmingly 59-41, with 12 Republican senators voting with Democrats. Gardner was not one of them.

“There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution,” Gardner said in a statement.

Gardner’s decision is being celebrated in many Republican circles. Recent polling has shown immigration as the top issue among conservatives in Colorado.

But Democrats quickly pounced — seeing this as another political opportunity ahead of the 2020 election in which Gardner will be up for reelection.

Democratic candidates in the race like Mike Johnston said Gardner, “built a wall between himself and the millions of Coloradans who want government that works.”

Democratic grassroots candidate Trish Zorino said, “this is my opponent.”

Trump is expected to veto the resolution.

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