Michigan’s attorney general had some harsh words about President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to gain funding for a border wall.
Dana Nessel called it “a manufactured crisis,” and announced on Monday that Michigan has joined 15 other states to seek an injunction against the president’s measure.
“This fake emergency is a publicity stunt that will raid our federal funding and cost us millions,” said Nessel. “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 lawsuit is led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The other states involved are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia.
The states joined forces in opposition to the president to “protect revenue, natural resources and economic interests” from Trump’s “flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers.”
As the Advance reported last week, the president’s declaration will redirect federal funding already appropriated for the states and divert it toward building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
Nessel noted that the Michigan National Guard has more than 10,000 soldiers and airmen, employs a substantial number of employees on a full-time basis, and operates more than 40 facilities in the state.
The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs receives a majority of its funding from the federal government. It performs missions training and prepares citizen soldiers and airmen to respond to, among other things, state emergency response, military support, and protection of local communities. Loss of funding negatively impacts this vital service for the State of Michigan.