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Dana Nessel Tells Why Michigan Joins Case Against Trump's 'Flagrant Disregard' of Law

February 19, 2019, 7:16 AM

Michigan is among 16 states from Hawaii to Connecticut that are suing President Trump over his national emergency declaration, which diverts billions of dollars from military construction to erect a southern border wall.

Dana Nessel: "We cannot in good conscience stand by." (Photo: Michael Shore)

Dana Nessel, this state's new attorney general, decries the presidential move as "a manufactured crisis." She joins a federal court injunction request filed by California to "protect revenue, natural resources and economic interests . . . [from a] "flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers," The Detroit News reports, quoting a Monday night statement:

"This fake emergency is a publicity stunt that will raid our federal funding and cost us millions. We cannot in good conscience stand by while our president seeks to undermine our own efforts to keep our residents safe and our military strong."

The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs gets most of its budget from the federal government to pay for more than 10,000 soldiers and airmen at over 40 sites.

Trump acted Friday after Congress didn't approve as much money as he says is needed for a border barrier.

All states in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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