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16 States Sue Over Trump Declaration   02/19 06:53

   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.

   SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- 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.

   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."

   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.

   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.

   California has repeatedly challenged Trump in court.

   "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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