Attorney General James Sues Trump Administration Over Attempt To Unlawfully Divert Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars To Build Border Wall

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 17:53

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James, along with a coalition of 18 additional attorneys general from around the nation, today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional diversion of $3.8 billion in taxpayer dollars for the construction of an unauthorized border wall. For the second consecutive year, the Trump Administration has circumvented the will of Congress by redirecting billions of dollars appropriated for the procurement of equipment by state National Guard units in order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In today’s lawsuit, Attorney General James and the coalition argue that the court should again rule that the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) diversion of already allocated funds to the construction of the border wall is an unconstitutional violation of Congress’s appropriation power.

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