Nevada joins California in suit over Trump’s national emergency

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Agreeing to accept congressional terms to end the partial government shutdown earlier this month. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Updated to include statement issued by Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford late Monday afternoon.

Nevada is joining the lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s national emergency declaration, the California Attorney General’s office confirmed Monday.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken the lead in a multi-state suit to fight what the states claim is an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

After losing a budget battle with Congress and failing to secure funding for his wall, Trump announced Friday he would declare a national emergency at the border.

As a result, he plans to take to reallocate billions of dollars of spending authorized for other purposes in order to compile $8 billion for border wall funding.

“President Trump cannot sidestep our Constitution for a political ploy,” Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement. “The Trump Administration’s proposed diversion of funds would waste billions of dollars that is dedicated to supporting our military and law enforcement agencies. I am proud to join this lawsuit to defend our Constitution, our state’s military bases, and Nevada’s law enforcement agencies.”

In Nevada, Trump’s redirection of funds would take money from drought relief projects, flood recovery, construction at Nellis Air Force Base, and local national security activities, Rep. Steven Horsford said last week.

Trump also intends to take money from forfeiture funds, and Nevada could lose tens of millions of dollars seized cash and assets that otherwise would go to law enforcement in the state.

A portion of the money collected through asset forfeitures is given to law enforcement agencies, meaning they could lose funding.

“Our office will work with Nevada’s federal delegation and, should Nevada’s federal funds be depleted or harmed in any way by this latest effort, the Trump Administration should be prepared for a legal challenge from my office,” Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said last week.

Nevada is one of at least a dozen states joining California in the suit.

“The president admitted that there’s not a basis for the declaration,” Becerra said Monday. “He admitted there’s no crisis at the border.

Other states joining in the suit include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia.

“The only national emergency is the president’s trafficking in lies and deceit,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement.

In addition to state attorneys general, several other entities are also suing the president, including but not limited to the ACLU, Public Citizen, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

“The facts do not support President Trump’s rhetoric or his declaration,” Ford’s statement said. “Unlawful southern border entries are at their lowest point in twenty years, immigrants are less likely than native-born citizens to commit crimes, and illegal drugs are more likely to come through official ports of entry.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.


  1. This is what you get when the Democrats pretty much dominated the elections in Nevada. This has nothing to do with reality, it is pure politics. Illegal immigration has been a crisis in this country for years. We have just never had politicians with the fortitude to address the problem. It is costing $135-$150 billion per year. If we don’t get a handle on this issue, it will destroy the fabric of this country to include the education and health care systems. Nevada, get your head out of the sand. California should not be our role model. Just ask those from California that have moved to Nevada.

  2. Drought relief is not in need of money! AG why don’t you finish the work of our prior AG? Investigation that was opened? Theron Hunt vs sheriff and Fbi for their unlawful actions against me and others. I am disgusted with this governor not elect and a illegal Soro funded legislation.#theronjhunt#nv/gov#crimesagainstamericans#stateofthestate

  3. It’s not “Trump’s Wall”. It’s MINE and I want it built! I don’t subscribe to liberal group-think.
    Don’t California my Nevada!!


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