Senate Dems introduce bill to rescind Trump border wall, immigration order

Senate Dems introduce bill to rescind Trump border wall, immigration order
© Getty Images

Senate Democrats are moving to nix President Trump's push to build a border wall and boost immigration enforcement. 

Twenty-four Democrats — spearheaded by Sen. Tom CarperTom CarperWhite House looks to speed infrastructure pace Dems seek damage assessment after Trump's meeting with Russians Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances regulatory reform bills MORE (Del.) — are introducing legislation that would rescind Trump's executive order on border security and "immigration enforcement improvements."

"Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security," Carper said in a statement Thursday. 

He added that if Trump wanted to secure the border and reform immigration, "he should work with Congress and build open progress made over the past several years to improve security along our border."

Trump signed an executive order in late January to start an "immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border." 

The order also took a harder line on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants, called for new detention facilities for undocumented immigrants near the southern border and backed a boost in the number of Customs and Border Protection agents. 

If passed, the legislation would retroactively have taken effect on Jan. 25, the same day Trump signed the order. 

Democrats have been critical of Trump's immigration policies, arguing a string of high-profile raids have sparked fear within immigrant communities. They've also pledged to block any funding bill that includes money to build the border wall. 

Though border-state Republicans have been publicly skeptical about the need for a physical wall along the border, Democrats likely face an uphill battle to pass legislation rescinding the orders. 

Democrats would need to win over at least 12 Republican senators to overcome the Senate's 60-vote procedural hurdle. 

In addition to Carper, Sens. Michael BennetMichael BennetSenators introduce lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers Undocumented activist living in church gets stay of removal Overnight Regulation: Senate confirms SEC pick | House GOP passes 'comp time' bill | MORE (Colo.), Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalFive things to know about Joe Lieberman Special counsel appointment gets bipartisan praise Dem senators push for probe of Sessions over Comey firing MORE (Conn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Chris CoonsChris CoonsOvernight Defense: Trump hits back over special counsel | US bombs pro-Assad forces | GOP chairman unveils proposed Pentagon buying reforms Special counsel appointment gets bipartisan praise Dem lawmakers voice shock, outrage on Comey memo MORE (Del.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe GOP must fight against the Durbin amendment's price controls It’s time to rethink prisoner re-entry Congress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding MORE (Ill.), Al FrankenAl FrankenAl Franken: 'Very decent chance' Trump will still be president at end of month GOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Chelsea Handler recalls run-in with Ivanka: 'I can’t even with you' MORE (Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDem senator: 'One of our closest allies' expressed concern about intelligence sharing Intel chief quiet on whether Trump asked him to deny Russia evidence Gillibrand on Trump: 'We should look into obstruction of justice' MORE (N.Y.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Mazie HironoMazie HironoDem senator to undergo treatment for kidney cancer Dem lawmaker to Sessions: 'You are a racist and a liar' March for Science rallies draw huge crowds around US MORE (Hawaii), Tim KaineTim KaineOvernight Tech: FCC won't fine Colbert over Trump joke | Trump budget slashes science funding | Net neutrality comment period opens Sinclair deal puts heat on FCC Senate Dem: Comey firing an 'attempt to obstruct' Russia investigation MORE (Va.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySessions postpones Senate testimony on DOJ funding GOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges GOP bill would create mandatory minimums for crimes against police MORE (Vt.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyTrump's steps on Iran show cooperation with Congress is possible FCC votes to advance net neutrality repeal Senate Dems appeal to 'everyone who uses the internet' on net neutrality roll back MORE (Mass.), Bob MenendezRobert MenendezThe Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump MORE (N.J.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyRussia probes in limbo after special prosecutor announcement Special counsel appointment gets bipartisan praise Lawmakers unveil bill to combat Sessions' push for tougher sentences MORE (Ore.), Chris MurphyChris MurphyChris Murphy on Infowars' White House press credentials: 'I want to throw up' Dem senator: Trump's arms deal with Saudis a 'terrible idea' Senators told of broadening Russia investigation MORE (Conn.), Patty MurrayPatty MurrayGOP skeptical of Trump plan for paid parental leave Dems demand answers on report that admin tried to trade ObamaCare payments Dem senators push for probe of Sessions over Comey firing MORE (Wash.), Jack ReedJack ReedIntel chief quiet on whether Trump asked him to deny Russia evidence Dem senators push for probe of Sessions over Comey firing Overnight Finance: Trump floats tying tax reform, infrastructure | Trump trade rep confirmed | Dems raise concerns over banking regulator | House to kick off tax reform hearings MORE (R.I.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Regulation: Biz groups push to scrap rule on reporting employee pay | GOP skeptical of Trump paid leave plan GOP skeptical of Trump plan for paid parental leave Sanders: Trump plan to cut Medicaid is 'just cruel' MORE (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren rips Trump’s proposed budget cuts to Social Security Republicans should stop Elizabeth Warren's effort to expand the regulatory state Why Congress needs to reform structured settlements MORE (Mass.) and Ron WydenRon WydenGOP senators bristle at Trump's Medicaid cuts Dem senator posts photo of Trump budget in recycling bin Flynn refusal sets up potential subpoena showdown MORE (Ore.) are supporting the legislation.