Colorado to join multi-state lawsuit to fight national emergency declaration


A border wall might look like this. - HILLEBRAND STEVE, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • A border wall might look like this.
Colorado will join a group of other states to challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency in order to redirect money toward his border wall along the U.S./Mexican boundary.

In a news release, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Governor Jared Polis issued a statement:

Colorado will join at least 12 other states in a multistate lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional emergency declaration to build a border wall. After reviewing the specifics of this action over the weekend, we concluded that Colorado could lose tens of millions in military construction dollars that would be diverted to build the wall. Our military bases play a critical role in our nation’s readiness and are economic drivers in several communities.

In this action, we are fighting for Colorado’s interests and defending the rule of law.

Meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union staged a protest of Trump's action at the Capitol Building in Denver. In a news release, it says the protest was "part of a national mobilization effort with protests to be held throughout the country."

Colorado's U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, issued a release on Feb. 14 calling Trump's plan to declare an emergency an "attempt to bypass the U.S. Congress by inventing a national emergency." Bennet also said in the statement that neither Congress nor a majority of the American people support Trump's wall and added, "This is a dangerous precedent that should concern everyone who cares about the health of our democracy and our institutions.”

Colorado's U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, was quoted by KRDO TV on Feb. 15 saying this about the president's emergency action: "I think the President is right to pursue additional border security dollars. I think Congress ought to do their job and make this border security a reality."

But one of Trump's most ardent supporters in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican, wasn't crazy about Trump's action. Although he chastised Democrats for not going along with Trump's border security measures, Lamborn discouraged Trump from taking money for the wall from military construction.

"... pulling from those accounts will have serious consequences for our military readiness," Lamborn said in the statement, adding, " I hope the president will pursue other options." Lamborn is the ranking member of the Readiness Subcommittee and serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

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