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16 U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

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U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

By Sarah N. Lynch and Jeff Mason

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border as he speaks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump's administration on Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building awall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came just days after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday after Congress declined to fulfil his request for $5.7 billion (4.41 billion pounds) to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.

 

His move aims to let him spend money appropriated by Congress for other purposes.

 

"Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

 

"We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the Office of the Presidency is not a place for theatre,” added Becerra, a Democrat.

 

Three Texas landowners and an environmental group filed the first lawsuit against Trump's move on Friday, saying it violates the Constitution and would infringe on their property rights.

 

The legal challenges could slow down Trump's efforts to build the wall, which he says is needed to check illegal immigration and drug trafficking, but will likely end up at the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court.

 

In a budget deal passed by Congress to avert a second government shutdown, nearly $1.4 billion was allocated towards border fencing. Trump's emergency order would give him an additional $6.7 billion beyond what lawmakers authorized.

 

In television interviews on Sunday and Monday, Becerra said the lawsuit would use Trump's own words against him as evidence there is no national emergency to declare.

 

Earlier, Trump had said he knew that he did not need to declare an emergency to build the wall, a comment that could now undercut the government's legal argument.

 

"Presidents don't go in and claim declarations of emergency for the purposes of raiding accounts because they weren't able to get Congress to fund items," Becerra said on MSNBC.

 

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Jeff Mason; Editing by Tom Brown and Peter Cooney)

 

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39 minutes ago, seajae said:

they expect us to believe they worry about the people of the US having to spend their money on a wall when they spend billions on illegals free hospital/medical, free universities etc plus billions on overseas abortions and make US citizens pay for it. They are a total joke especially when the dems already agreed to barriers years ago but never did it. All this is is to make trump look bad for the 2020 election, they are pathetic and the supreme court will sort them all out

 

They don't "worry about the people of the US having to spend their money on the wall", they worry about that fact that it was arrived at by a dishonest method. Remember that Trump himself said he was only declaring an emergency to get it done faster.

As for paying for abortions overseas...the Trump administration has put a stop to that. But not only that, but has put a stop to payment for any family planning service overseas that even mentions the abortion option. One of the big reasons that illegal immigration from Mexico has declined so dramatically is the success of family planning there. The administration has ruled it out for those Central American nations which have so many of their people illegally immigrating to the us. You want a real big part of the solution to illegal immigration? If you really do, then support US aid for family planning.

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44 minutes ago, seajae said:

they expect us to believe they worry about the people of the US having to spend their money on a wall when they spend billions on illegals free hospital/medical, free universities etc plus billions on overseas abortions and make US citizens pay for it. They are a total joke especially when the dems already agreed to barriers years ago but never did it. All this is is to make trump look bad for the 2020 election, they are pathetic and the supreme court will sort them all out

 

 You are ignoring basic rule in Constitution: Congress decides on appropriations for specific uses. NOT the president. You may wish to look back to case that got to SC regarding line item veto (which Congress ok'ed). SC ruled unconstitutional (including Thomas). Here is a link to Constitution. You might want to do a read of that http://constitutionus.com/

"...they spend billions on illegals free hospital/medical, free universities etc plus billions on overseas abortions and make US citizens pay for it." Cite your sources. This is whack.

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3 hours ago, Thainesss said:

 

They are still part of the republic and their economy doesn't give them special permissions. 

Special permissions like circumventing congress to steal money from the country that was promised to come from Mexico and doesn’t do anything good other than pleasing a minority of far-right fanatics? 

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