New York AG joins lawsuit challenging President’s National Emergency on Southern Border

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The State of New York has joined 15 other states in suing the Trump Administration’s Declaration of National Emergency at the Southern Border 

Attorney General Letitia James’ office said she filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, February 18. 

Trump’s declaration last Friday shifts billions of dollars from military construction to the border. The move came after Congress didn’t approve as much as Trump wanted for the wall. 

His emergency proclamation calls the border “a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics.” Illegal border crossings have declined from a high of 1.6 million in 2000. But 50,000 families are now entering illegally each month, straining the U.S. asylum system and border facilities.

According to a news release, the complaint alleges that the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration and shifting of funds “is unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful.” 

The states are looking to block the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration, the construction of the border wall, and any “illegal diversion of Congressionally-appropriated funds.” 

“Declaring a National Emergency when one does not exist is immoral and illegal,” said Attorney General Letitia James in a statement. “Diverting necessary funds from real emergencies, crime-fighting activities, and military construction projects usurps Congressional power and will hurt Americans across the country. We will not stand for this abuse of power and will fight using every tool at our disposal.” 

Attorney General James joins the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia in filing the suit. 

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