Trump Sued by 16 States Over National Emergency to Fund Mexican Border Wall

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Trump Sued by 16 States Over National Emergency to Fund Mexican Border Wall

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: President Donald J. Trump Declaring "National Emergency" on LIVE TV / Source: MSNBC Screengrab (Dated: February 15, 2019)

Image Attribute: President Donald J. Trump Declaring "National Emergency" on LIVE TV / Source: MSNBC Screengrab (Dated: February 15, 2019)

On February 18, 2018, A coalition of sixteen (16) states of the United States led by California sued President Donald J. Trump over his decision to declare a "national emergency" to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico. Joining California in the suit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai'i, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia. The "national emergency" was invoked after Congress declined to fulfill his request for US$ 5.7 billion to help build the wall.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the president's "national emergency" order was contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause, which defines Congress as the final arbiter of public funds. To avert a second government shutdown, nearly US$ 1.37 billion was allocated by Congress toward border fencing. Trump's emergency order would give him an additional US$ 6.7 billion beyond what lawmakers authorized.

"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. President Trump "is willing to manipulate the Office of the Presidency to engage in unconstitutional theatre performed to convince his audience that he is committed to his ‘beautiful’ border wall. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states."

While declaring the emergency last Friday, President Trump passed multiple remarks on incoming litigation (as anticipated by him). Also, he predicted that "the appeals court would rule against him". 

"We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued. And they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there, the president said, referring to the nation's largest circuit court, whose area encompasses California. "And we'll possibly get a bad ruling and then we'll get another bad ruling and then we'll end up the Supreme Court, and then hopefully we'll get a fair shake and we'll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban."

With reporting by MSNBC, and Reuters