Dem: Trump could be impeached over immigration order

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Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) says Congress should consider impeaching President Trump if he orders federal agencies to ignore a judge’s stay on parts of his controversial immigration order.

If Trump orders U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ignore a federal judge’s emergency stay, Castro told BuzzFeed that lawmakers should begin the process of censuring and potentially impeaching Trump. 

“There should be a resolution of censure,” he said. “And if he does it again, there should be articles of impeachment.”

Castro and other Democrats are calling on Congress to investigate “whether President Trump intentionally exceeded his constitutional authority,” according to BuzzFeed.

Castro said that if Trump ignores the judge’s orders, it would be like “living in a military junta.”

{mosads}“There’s no longer any checks and balances,” Castro said.

A spokesman for CBP told BuzzFeed that Trump has not told the agency to ignore the emergency stay.

“CBP officers are not detaining anyone. Green card holders who arrive in the U.S. have to go through secondary screening but that process is working smoothly and relatively quickly,” spokesman Gillian Christensen told BuzzFeed.

Castro is rumored to be considering a campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his Senate seat in 2018.

Trump signed an executive order Friday temporarily blocking refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.

On Saturday, a federal judged issued an emergency stay on the deportation of detainees under the executive order. 

The order came after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against the Trump administration in the name of two men who were detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as a result of Trump’s order.

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