House Democrats File Suit Over Trump's Emergency Declaration

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Published on April 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:17s

House Democrats File Suit Over Trump's Emergency Declaration

The lawsuit claims President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build a border is unconstitutional.

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House Democrats File Suit Over Trump's Emergency Declaration

House Democrats have  filed a lawsuit  against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The complaint, filed Friday, argues President Trump’s attempt to divert federal funding from several programs to fund wall construction violates the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to designate federal spending.

In February, Congress approved $1.375 billion in  funding for barriers  along the U.S.-Mexico border, which was about $4.3 billion less than what the president wanted.

President Trump  declared a national emergency  shortly after to access certain government funding to pay for a border wall without going through Congress.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said  in a statement  after the filing that "Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend its exclusive constitutional responsibilities, and protect our system of checks and balances.

The very integrity of our democratic institutions are at stake.

We will not let the President trample over the Constitution." In addition to the House lawsuit, the emergency declaration faces seven other legal challenges from states, environmental groups and nonprofit organizations.

President Donald Trump  traveled to Calexico, California  Friday to check out a recently installed section of border fencing.

During a roundtable on immigration and border security, President Trump once again referred to the situation at the border as an emergency, saying "the crisis is a direct result of the obstruction by the democrats in Congress." Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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