Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii, & New Mexico Announce Move To Stop Trump Emergency Declaration

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In some kind of weird sing-song rant, Donald Trump said during his announcement of his national emergency declaration over a border wall that he knew he would be sued. He hoped that he could win in the Supreme Court, which he’s been intent to pack with conservative judges.

On Monday, several more states joined in on a lawsuit with California, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Hawaii to stop Trump from going around Congress to acquire emergency funds for his racist vanity wall. New Jersey, Oregon, and Connecticut added their names to the lawsuit.

CBS News reports:

‘According to the attorney general’s office, New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii and Connecticut are among several states that are joining the lawsuit.’

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading the charge and appeared on CBS’s This Week Sunday for an interview with George Stephanopoulos. He said that he is confident that the states can stop Trump from getting his way on this dictatorial, unprecedented action.

‘We’re confident there are at least 8 billion ways that we can prove harm.  And once we are all clear, all the different states are clear, what pots of money that taxpayers sent to D.C. he’s going to raid, which Congress dedicated to different types of services – whether it’s emergency response services or whether it’s fires or mudslides in California or maybe tornadoes and floods in other parts of the country or whether it’s our military men and women and their families who live on military installations that might – that might have money taken away from them, or whether it’s money taken away from drug interdiction efforts in places like California, a number of states, and certainly Americans, will be harmed.  And we’re all going to be prepared.’

Becerra discussed the difference between emergency declarations by former presidents like Bush’s the day after September 11, 2001, and Obama’s during the H1N1 virus that became an epidemic. Unlike those, Trump is only interested in fulfilling a campaign promise he’s been unable to deliver before going into the 2020 election cycle.

‘Typically, our presidents have focused on issues where the national interests are clearly at stake.  The national interests aren’t at stake here.  We have the lowest level of entries into the country by those that don’t have permission than we’ve had in some 20 years.  The Department of Homeland Security itself has said to the president that it is more difficult to cross into the U.S. at our land borders than it has been in a long time.  And so it’s clear that this isn’t an emergency, it’s clear that in the mind of Donald Trump he needs to do something to try to fulfill a campaign promise.’

The last state to join in on Monday, although other states may still follow suit, is Colorado. In addition to the state governments, the ACLU and Public Citizens, an advocacy group for homeowners in Texas, are also suing Trump. According to KDVR:

‘[Weiser] concluded Colorado would be hurt by this action, with funds being shifted from being spent on military installments in our state.’

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