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Lawsuit targets Trump's emergency declaration to build border wall

Posted On: Feb 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Lawsuit targets Trump's emergency declaration to build border wall

President Donald Trump's decision to invoke emergency powers to build a border wall already faces legal challenges in Washington, D.C. - and more are expected in the coming days. Trump declared a national emergency during a Rose Garden address Friday, a move that came after Congress failed to provide him billions of dollars to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The national emergency declaration will allow Trump to tap roughly $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall, according to the White House. In addition, the administration expects to use $2.5 billion from a Pentagon drug prevention program and $600 million from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund. Several groups immediately vowed to sue the administration, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the state of California. The president himself acknowledged in his speech Friday that litigation could halt the maneuver temporarily. The first lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the emergency was filed Friday by...

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