Posted on February 19, 2019

California, N.Y. and Other States Sue Trump over National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

Jane C. Timm, NBC News, February 18, 2019

California, New York and 14 other states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

“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 theater 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.”

Joining California in the suit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

Becerra’s statement slammed the president’s justification for a national emergency as a “hyped crisis.”


“The only national emergency is the president’s trafficking in lies and deceit,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement earlier Monday.


{snip} Before the emergency was declared, Becerra vowed “to reject this foolish proposal in court the moment it touches the ground.” Trump signaled in remarks last week that he anticipated lawsuits.

“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.”