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California officials file motion to block funding for Trump's border wall

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 20:44:05-04

(KGTV) - California officials announced Friday the filing of an injunction to block the Trump administration’s national emergency declaration regarding the border.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state’s motion was filed to block the federal government from “initiating an unlawful diversion of $1.6 billion in federal taxpayer funds to build an unauthorized border wall.”

California is part of a coalition of 20 states that have filed a motion.

“President Trump’s cynical actions threaten our democratic institutions and core constitutional principles. We have a responsibility to stand up and say no. The Executive Branch’s power is not unlimited. Congress, which holds the power of the purse, has twice rejected this senseless notion of wasting billions of dollars on a Trump campaign proposal. President Trump’s unconstitutional maneuver to divert funding for his own political benefit violates the Constitution and places Americans and critical services they depend on at risk,” said Becerra.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “California stands united against President Trump’s money-grab to fund his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico. This funding should be spent as it was intended: to support local law enforcement agencies and to fight drug trafficking.”

In February, Trump signed a national emergency declaration to address “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”