Trump News: 16 States Sue President Over National Emergency Declaration That Sparked Protests – Here’s Why It Matters

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California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know more.

Whatever it takes for the border wall 

Donald Trump is being sued by a coalition of 16 states led by California over his decision to declare a national emergency over illegal immigration on the southwestern border, enabling him to bypass Congress to secure the funds to get his signature wall built.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution.

“President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt,” Becerra said. “He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court.”

“We are suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states,” Xavier Becerra said. “For most of us, the office of the presidency is not a place for theatre.”

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Joining California in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia. All the states involved in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general.

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to pay for the border wall led to several protests in central Ohio Monday. Protesters called on Congress, particularly Republicans, to stop the president from using a national emergency to bypass Congress.

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What’s the reason for the emergency and why it matters?

Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

The states say diversion of military funding to wall-building will hurt their economies and deprive their military bases of needed upgrades. They say taking away funds from counter-drug efforts for the wall will also cause damage. California and New Mexico, the two Mexican border states in the lawsuit, say the wall will harm wildlife.

“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and undermine the Constitution,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement. “This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace.”


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