Created: March 03, 2020 04:47 PM
New York State Attorney General Letitia James along with 18 other attorneys general from around the nation are suing the Trump administration.
The coalition of attorneys general says the Trump administration illegally and unconstitutionally diverted $3.8 billion in taxpayer money for the construction of an unauthorized border wall along the U.S./Mexico border.
Attorney General James says this is the second year in a row the Trump administration has tried to do this. The federal courts rejected it the first time around.
James added in the state's filing that the president "is risking the safety of every American by diverting taxpayer dollars from our military to fund the same xenophobic campaign promises he's made for the last four years."
The coalition argues that the diversion of funds violates the principles of separation of powers, the presentment clause, and the appropriations clause of the Constitution by trying to do an end-run around Congress' appropriation powers.
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