ALBANY – New York is joining California and 14 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said in the lawsuit Monday that Trump is threatening public safety with his move to divert funding from military construction and other programs to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
All the states involved in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general.
President Trump declared an emergency on Friday to shift billions of dollars to the wall after Congress wouldn’t approve the amount he wanted.
The President considers a wall a national security necessity. The lawsuit alleges he’s manufacturing a crisis and that his declaration is an “unconstitutional and unlawful scheme.”
This year’s defense budget includes $194 million for construction at military installations in New York.
Meanwhile, Hhundreds of people across Western New York spent Presidents Day rallying in opposition to the national emergency declaration, calling it a waste of time and resources.
Protesters gathered Monday on the steps of City Hall in Buffalo and also in Fredonia and other communities to rally against the move.