New Mexico to sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

New Mexico’s attorney general and governor say the state will sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Monday in a statement that New Mexico will join with other states in suing to block Trump’s effort.
    
Trump says immigrants are invading the country and has declared a national emergency to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and counterdrug efforts to fulfill his promise of completing the border wall.
    
Balderas and Lujan Grisham said the president’s declaration would improperly divert funds away from crucial efforts to protect New Mexican residents.
    
Lujan Grisham says the wall doesn’t address real humanitarian and safety problems at the border.
 

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