Trump will face lawsuit for declaring a national emergency

Trump will face lawsuit for declaring a national emergency
  • EFE

After declared the national emergency by Donald Trump, the United States returned to its custom of the last months: to debate for or against the president. With the border wall as its main objective, the US president faces different issues at once and moves forward in the division of his country with Latin America at least physically.

Not only his speech cause sensations, but in his speech at the International University of Florida (FIU), the North American leader had a faithful follower who mounted a crane with a banner alluding to the politician, in addition to a flag of your nation

Long negotiations to bring him down, finally worked to "clean" the place. "This gentleman forced the way to a site under construction and went to the top of the crane to make a statement or political demand", said Local 10 Placido Díaz, head of the police in the city of Sweetwater, near Miami.

Díaz said the suspect climbed down the ladder about three and a half hours after talking to the police. According to the Sweetwater police chief, the man had called a Spanish-language radio station this morning to make some sort of demand.

"Thanks to the media in Spanish and to all of you here, who worked cooperatively with us and we were able to identify the person by name and also identify the cell phone numbers he was using associated with the incident", said Díaz.

The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, was taken to the Guilford Knight Turner Correctional Center, where he will face charges of felonies for minor crimes, for invasion, theft and vandalism.

Already in the speech, Trump reaffirmed once again his commitment and support with Juan Guaidó and the situation in Venezuela, which he says is "the end of communism and the rebirth of democracy". Despite the applause, the issue of the national emergency was not forgotten and different spaces of the United States went ahead to confront this situation.

California authorities began a lawsuit against the president, to block the declaration of national emergency with which the president seeks to raise funds to build the wall on the border with Mexico, without the approval of Congress.

California's general attorney, Democrat Xavier Becerra, confirmed the legal process and announced that "a dozen states" will join the lawsuit, including Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado and New Jersey. "We will present (demand) sometime today (Monday)", Becerra said in an interview with CNN.

"It is strange to say that on Presidents' Day we are going to sue the president of the United States, but sometimes that is the right thing to do", the prosecutor added, referring to the national holiday celebrated in the United States, which commemorates the birth of George Washington, the first president of the country.

The suit would initiate a judicial process that will probably drag on for several months, during which Trump's decree is expected to remain blocked, so the White House could not use funds it has identified to build the border barrier.

"We are going to try to prevent the president from violating the Constitution and the separation of powers, stealing from the Americans and the states money that Congress had legally approved... For most of us, the Office of the President is not a place for the theater", said Becerra.

The independent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) organization also plans to sue Trump for his statement, according to an announcement made last Friday. Meanwhile, the Democratic opposition plans to push a resolution aimed at invalidating Trump's decree, but the president could veto it unless the lawmakers gather a majority of more than two-thirds in both houses.

The activist group Move On organized protests across the country to urge Congress to stop Trump's action, and in Washington, dozens of people gathered at the White House to shout "no wall or fear, this country is our home".

For its part, the General Attorney of New York, Letitia James, confirmed in a statement that the suit was joined, in addition to California and its state, their counterparts in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan , Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia, many of them anticipated by Becerra.

James argued that declaring a national emergency when "it does not exist is immoral and illegal", while warning that they will not tolerate "this abuse of power" and that they will fight "with every tool" they have at their disposal.

"The diversion of the necessary funds from real emergencies, anti-crime activities and military construction projects usurps the power of Congress and will harm Americans throughout the country", he added.

Asked about the possibility of a presidential veto, White House adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday in an interview on the "Fox News Sunday" program that Trump will "protect" the decree.

The "national emergency" declaration allows US presidents access temporarily to a special power to face a crisis, and Trump signed it last Friday to ensure that there is an "invasion" of drugs and criminals on the border with Mexico that justifies extraordinary measures.

But, according to the New York general attorney’s office, the entry of illegal immigrants across the border into Mexico "is at its lowest point in 20 years", and warned that "there is no credible evidence to suggest that a border wall would diminish crime rates".

With this decree, Trump intends to collect 6.6 billion dollars deviated from various items already approved by Congress, which would be added to another 1.375 granted by the legislature to build the border barrier.

The opposition Democrat considers that measure an "illegal" interference in the exclusive power of Congress to determine budgets, and the president already predicted on Friday that the battle for the issue will reach the Supreme Court.


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