California pounces: State to sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 2/16/2019 | Leslie Eastman
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Now that President Donald Trump has signed the national emergency declaration, California politicians Governor Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra have pounced and are now making plans to block its implementation.

Newsom and Becerra announced they were developing plans for the legal action at a Capitol news conference just hours after President Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to divert up to $6.6 billion from other projects, including military construction jobs, to build or reinforce as many as 234 miles of border barriers.

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“Fortunately, Donald Trump is not the last word,” Newsom said. “The courts will be the last word.”

Newsom called the wall “a vanity project, a monument to stupidity,” and said the real emergency was the wildfire disaster that needed federal funds.

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“No other state is going to be impacted by this declaration of emergency more than the state of California,” the governor said.

Becerra, who I noted was a lawsuit-filing General of the Resistance, is cloaking his opposition to the President’s declaration in the U.S. Constitution.

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“He can’t do this,” Becerra said. “The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, powers to do this.”

Becerra continued: “I believe Trump is telegraphing that he knows this is not a true national emergency. He’s hoping to use the Supreme Court as a tool in his game to fulfill a campaign promise.”

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Newsom’s statement about its impact on California is astonishing at best. Many experts note that the enhanced border security will be a boon to California . . . which should be the case no matter where the funding is obtained.

A spending deal Congress passed on Thursday includes an increase in funding for new screening equipment and 600 new customs officers at border crossings, including California’s five busy land ports of entry. That legislation, which the president signed...
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