16 US states sue Trump over emergency declaration, file lawsuit in court

A coalition of 16 American states which was led by California has sued the United States President Donald Trump and his administration over his declaration of a national emergency state in the US in order to raise funds for his demand of a border wall at the border along with Mexico.

According to BBC news reports, the lawsuit against Trump has been filed in the court of California. The measures come days after the US president invoker national emergency power to bypass the US Congress and secure funds for the project. Democrats have vowed to contest it “using every remedy available”.

California attorney general Xavier Becerra said that they were set to take Trump to court in order “to block his misuse of presidential power”. Becerra added saying, “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.”

The lawsuit which was filed on Monday against Trump seeks a basic injunction that would further stop Trump from acting on his emergency declaration during which a legal battle will take place in the court, according to the Washington Post.

The first legal challenge was followed swiftly on Friday. Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group, sued Trump on behalf of the nature reserve as well as three Texas landowners who were told the border wall may be built on their properties.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California had dismissed Trump’s decision calling it as a “political theatre” while Letitia James, New York’s state’s Democratic attorney general, promised to “fight back with every legal tool at our disposal”.

Those who have joined California in the lawsuit against Trump were Michigan, Virginia, New York, New Mexico, Colorado, New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Hawaii, Maine, Illinois, Oregon and Delaware.

All the states have argued that Trump’s order to divert the funding in order to pay for the border wall would cost them millions of dollars, blasting their economies.


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