On Tuesday, the Trump administration filed motions to dismiss in two lawsuits challenging President Trump’s use of a national emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The suits, Center for Biological Diversity v. Trump and Alvarez v. Trump, were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia immediately following Trump’s Feb. 15 emergency declaration. The government motions to dismiss in both cases are available in full below.
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President Trump claims that the law allows him to spend billions of dollars on a wall that Congress refused to fund. House Democrats, along with Republican Rep. Justin Amash, have introduced a joint resolution that would rescind the emergency proclamation. That proposal is an important start, but Congress should do more.
Stuck with a government shutdown, President Trump and his advisors are reportedly considering the invocation of emergency authorities in order to begin construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president stopped short of making such an announcement in his address to the country on Tuesday night. But according to Axios, a declaration of emergency “remains the most likely ultimate option.”
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