Trump administration sued over border wall emergency

Feb 19, 2019, 3:56 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump should be bracing for a long, hard legal tussle over the lawsuit.
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Sixteen U.S. states, led by California, are suing the Trump administration for “unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds” after President Donald Trump declared national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the Mexico border.

Trump, who on Friday signed a spending bill to avert another government shutdown, made the declaration after Congress granted him only a small fraction of $5.7bn, which he has been demanding for the wall, his key campaign promise, writes the BBC.

Trump should be bracing for a long, hard legal tussle over the lawsuit filed by the coalition of states as the case is likely to end up in U.S. Supreme Court, which has a conservative-leaning bench, notes The Guardian.

Analysts believe that Trump’s earlier remarks admitting that he knew he did not need to declare a national emergency could be used to counter the government’s legal argument justifying the move.

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