16 states sue Trump for declaring emergency

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On Monday, big news made the headlines as Sixteen states, including California and New York, in a lawsuit sued The United States President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency to accomplish his long-pending demand of constructing a wall along the border with Mexico.

As per the reports, the lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, states that the US President can’t transfer funds to build any wall along the border as it is the Congress that authorizes the expenditures.

The lawsuit, California accuses Trump of “an unconstitutional and unlawful scheme”, and meanwhile they also added saying that the states are trying “to protect their residents, natural resources, and economic interests from President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers principles ingrained in the United States Constitution.”

The lawsuit also adds, “Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border.”

While defending his move last week, Trump said that he had “no option” to use his emergency powers to stop illegal immigrants spreading crime and drugs.

Trump had signed the Border Security legislation into law approved by Congress, which provides funding to almost a quarter of the government and thus, preventing new partial closure starting from 16 February.

In the bicameral agreement would provide USD 1.3 billion in funding to build the barrier along the US-Mexico border, well short of Trump’s demand for USD 5.7 billion.

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Meanwhile, the top two Democrats in the Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer criticized Trump for his decision and said that they would use “every available remedy” to revoke the “unlawful” emergency declaration.

Democrats are planning to bring legislation to invalidate the emergency declaration under US National Emergencies Act.

To prevent Trump from vetoing such a law, both Democratic-Hold House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate need two-thirds of votes.