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El Paso County, civil rights group sue Donald Trump over emergency declaration

Full breakdown of the legal challenges facing Trump’s emergency declaration
Feb. 19: California and 15 other states have filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump's national emergency declaration. The declaration will allow the president to bypass Congress and divert funds earmarked for the military and other purposes toward construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

A West Texas border county and a non-profit civil rights group have jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court aiming to overturn President Donald Trump‘s national emergency declaration.

Trump issued the declaration Friday to circumvent Congress and finance his border wall project along the Southwest border.

WATCH: Feb. 18 — California, 15 other states sue Donald Trump over emergency declaration

California, 15 other states sue Donald Trump over emergency declaration
California, 15 other states sue Donald Trump over emergency declaration

El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in El Paso. The 39-page complaint asks a judge to declare Trump’s declaration unconstitutional and block any federal activity undertaken pursuant to the declaration.

The lawsuit is similar to one filed Tuesday by a group of 16 states with Democratic attorneys general. Trump, who held a campaign-style rally in El Paso only last week, has declared he would prevail over that suit.

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