On Friday, when President Donald Trump made the announcement that he would be declaring a National Emergency on the southern border in order to expedite the building of the barrier along it, he also made a prediction. He said that several states would sue him and his administration and that they would go to the Ninth Circuit Court to do it.
Guess what happened over the weekend and on Monday.
A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise.
Trump’s order would allow him to spend on the wall money that Congress appropriated for other purposes. Congress declined to fulfill his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall this year..
“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. “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,” added Becerra, a Democrat.
California, of course, is in the 9th circuit.
States joining California in the proceeding:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
Strange that only two of that selection of states is actually on the southern border. Note that there are no Gulf Coast states included.
Trump said on Friday he did not need to make the emergency declaration but wanted to speed the process of building the wall. That comment could undercut the government’s legal argument.
“By the president’s own admission, an emergency declaration is not necessary,” the states said in the lawsuit. “The federal government’s own data prove there is no national emergency at the southern border that warrants construction of a wall.” (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
What this is really all about is anyone’s guess, but the Democrat and leftist presence in government among that specific group of states are unmistakable.
That should tell the rest of us what side of this fight they are on.