California is now trying to block money slated to help start construction on the US-Mexico border wall.
Before President Donald Trump touched down in California Friday, the state attorney general announced California’s latest move against him in court.
“Our coalition of 20 states filed a motion for preliminary injunction, requesting the court block from defying congress to use money that was never meant for a border wall,” Xavier Becerra says.
California and 19 other states are hoping to block the flow of $1.6 billion in funding that Becerra says was diverted illegally and is meant for important state resources.
“We have standing because we would lose drug interdiction money, we would lose money destined for law enforcement agencies across the state of california, we would lose services that should be going to service men and women and their families,” Becerra says.
The attorney general says the announcement was not timed for the president’s visit to the southern border, but because the states needed to act quickly.
“Without taking action, the administration might start continuing to try locking in funds for this illegal purpose and once that’s done it’s more difficult to get those taxpayer dollars to go where they’re supposed to,” he explains.
In Calexico, the president laid out plans to move the border wall project forward, maintaining there is an emergency.
“It’s been loud and clear. We’re in court and a lot of people aren’t bringing too many of the suits anymore, a lot of the people bringing the suits — it’s pretty hard for them to say there’s not an emergncy,” Trump says.
Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom blasts the president’s comments suggesting the United States get rid of its asylum policies. The governor leaves for El Salvador Sunday to get a firsthand look at some of the root causes of migration.