Trump declares national emergency to fund border wall

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval. Democrats vowed to challenge the move as a violation of the US Constitution, news wires reported.

The Republican president’s decision, bypassing Congress, corresponds with his 2016 campaign pledge to build a border wall that Trump insists is necessary to curtail illegal immigration he blames for bringing crime and drugs into the United States.

Article 1 of the US Constitution states Congress gets to decide how money is appropriated and Trump's plan to use emergency powers to circumvent congressional opposition to the wall has alarmed US lawmakers, including in his own Republican Party, who warn that the move would set a dangerous precedent.

Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners. Both California and New York said that they, too, planned to file lawsuits. "Declaring a national emergency without legitimate cause could create a Constitutional crisis," New York state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. "We will not stand for this abuse of power and will fight back with every legal tool at our disposal".

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