Minnesota to join multistate lawsuit against Trump administration over emergency wall declaration

February 18, 2019 10:34 PM

Minnesota will join a multistate lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a release from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's Office. 

Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall. The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

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"President Trump, who has been unable to persuade Congress and the American people that a wall is necessary, is harming the people of Minnesota by forcing this constitutional crisis. I have joined this lawsuit because I cannot allow him to do that," Attorney General Ellison said in the release.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. 

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According to Ellison's office, the lawsuit asks the court to, "declare that the diversion of federal funds toward construction of a border wall is unconstitutional and/or unlawful because it violates the separation of powers, violates the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution which confers the power of the purse to Congress, exceeds Congressional authority conferred to the executive branch, and is beyond the legal powers of the executive branch."

Other states that have joined in the lawsuit include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia. 

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