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Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

By Jeff Mason

 

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FILE PHOTO: Workers and U.S border patrol officers stand next to an excavator working in a section of the new wall between El Paso, Texas, in the United States and Ciudad Juarez as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

 

The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfil a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs.

 

Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the states' legal challenge.

 

"I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said. "It's an open-and-closed case."

 

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed its own lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in California, alleging that "Trump disregarded the will of Congress with his emergency declaration."

 

Legal experts have said challenges to Trump's emergency declaration, which critics have called unconstitutional, face an uphill and probably losing battle in a showdown likely to be decided by the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Trump declared the national emergency under a 1976 law after Congress declined to give him the $5.7 billion (4.36 billion pounds) he wanted to build parts of the barrier this year.

 

The president's demand for wall funding triggered a historic 35-day government shutdown that ended in January. Democrats and Republicans later agreed on a deal to avoid another shutdown with $1.4 billion allocated toward border fencing. Trump agreed to sign that and then declared a national emergency, redirecting an additional $6.7 billion beyond what lawmakers authorized for the project.

 

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Michigan joined forces for the lawsuit.

 

The states said Trump's order would cause them to lose millions of dollars in federal funding for National Guard units dealing with counter-drug activities and that redirection of funds from authorized military construction projects would damage their economies.

 

Texas landowners and an environmental group also filed suit against the move.

 

Trump predicted the legal challenges when he made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden last week, and he defended his right to make the declaration on Tuesday.

 

"We need strong borders. We have to stop drugs and crime and criminals and human trafficking.  And we have to stop all of those things that a strong wall will stop," he said.

 

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the country's top Democrat, has called a wall immoral. The issue is likely to be a flashpoint in the 2020 presidential campaign, just as it was when Trump, a Republican, ran for president in 2016.

 

The ACLU suit, filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, said that in addition to diverting taxpayer money from other federal projects, Trump's barrier would affect "ecologically sensitive habitats" and disturb wilderness areas along the border.

 

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney)

 

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They do get him on snl lol his days are #rd this giving nuclear tec.to the Saudis looks really really bad espically on top of everything else  the wall will be around Donald soon 

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Trump signs a bipartisan budget bill into law that doesn't fund his wall.

Then he declares a national emergency to find funds to build his wall without congressional approval, not even a congressional resolution of approval.

SCOTUS is going to really have to be creative if a majority SCOTUS wants to uphold Trump's DONE.

 

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He is of course legally correct and will win in Court.

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1 hour ago, simple1 said:

Personally I am not so confident. trump has been stacking the Courts, including the Supreme Court, with his perceived loyalists. Let's see if they they have ethical spine to oppose trump's attempts to undermine the Constitution and government Departments to enable an authoritarian regime.

So the democrats didn't do the same, perhaps that's why they made up fake rape allegations against kavanaugh, what kind of ethical spine as you put it is that.

Obama had 13 national emergencies I wonder why now its a problem when Trump does one, because it seems to me letting in millions of people illegally into your country plus huge amounts of drugs is an national emergency in any ones books. If this is not true please tell me so I can see the light. All I can see is trump derangement syndrome as he winds everyone up and it works every time. 

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1 hour ago, jamesy9368 said:

 

So the democrats didn't do the same, perhaps that's why they made up fake rape allegations against kavanaugh, what kind of ethical spine as you put it is that.

Obama had 13 national emergencies I wonder why now its a problem when Trump does one, because it seems to me letting in millions of people illegally into your country plus huge amounts of drugs is an national emergency in any ones books. If this is not true please tell me so I can see the light. All I can see is trump derangement syndrome as he winds everyone up and it works every time. 

So  you  actually  purchased one of those  dolls??? I was led to believe they were  battery powered. But I  guess a wind up version is some sort of weird iconic  collection item to  tell  next generations  about " I remember when the orange baboon........".

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5 hours ago, simple1 said:

Personally I am not so confident. trump has been stacking the Courts, including the Supreme Court, with his perceived loyalists. Let's see if they they have ethical spine to oppose trump's attempts to undermine the Constitution and government Departments to enable an authoritarian regime.

I believe you are correct.

There was a delayed time frame to his musing that he may declare an emergency and to actually acting on it.

I am sure he spent this time to have a quiet chat with his cronies in the supreme court. May be at one of his resorts during a game of golf.

But it may take a while and the elections may beat him. Or not. He still polls well with his red neck base. And there are a lot of them.

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