Sixteen states filed suit challenging President Trump’s national-emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The case sets up a showdown with the administration that could go to the Supreme Court and last through the 2020 election.
As the president prepared to declare a national emergency on the border Friday, immigrant rights advocates, property rights activists, environmentalists, Democratic lawmakers and state officials signaled plans for lawsuits to block him from what they call an unconstitutional end-run around the usual budget process.
President Trump is likely to sign the latest border-security legislation that would keep the government from closing this weekend. It includes far less money than Trump wanted for a border wall, and no extension of the Violence Against Women Act.
Democrats came up short in a quest to limit detention of immigrants as part of a bipartisan border deal reached this week. The arcane math left lawmakers citing different numbers and activists on both sides crying foul.
From 2005 to 2008 — before fencing was erected along the Rio Grande — El Paso’s violent crime rate fell below the national average. Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar says President Trump’s visit there Monday will be a “dog and pony show.”