Trump's national emergency declaration almost a month ago is paired with a number of executive actions created to make approximately $8 billion of funding available to begin construction on a wall along the southern border.
Congress will now need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override him, which is unlikely to happen. The measure ultimately passed 59-41, and Trump immediately vowed to veto.
Standing behind the president were law enforcement officials and "angel parents" - the parents of children killed by illegal immigrants.
Trump vetoed the resolution passed by the US Senate on Thursday to reject his declaration of a national emergency.
"I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country", Trump tweeted.
A dozen Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Thursday to back the joint resolution disapproving of Trump's emergency declaration.
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"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is".
Trump made clear ahead of the vote and after the vote that he would issue a swift veto.
How did we get here?
Declaring a national emergency allows Trump to steer an extra $3.6 billion to the wall.
However, Democrats and a number of Republicans said his effort represented an unconstitutional expansion of the power of the presidency. "The President's emergency Proclamation reasonably described the current situation as an ongoing "border security and humanitarian crisis".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced soon after the veto that the House would attempt to override it, after returning from a recess later this month.
The border wall project still faces a variety of legal challenges, and despite Trump's veto, House and Senate votes against the emergency declaration could carry some weight in the courts.