ACLU, other states and organizations push back against President Trump’s emergency declaration


The president’s emergency declaration to divert money to build the border wall is being challenged on multiple fronts. 

News13’s Washington Correspondent Anna Wiernicki reported the ACLU, and a number of states and organizations, are promising a court battle.

Protestors gathered outside the White House on Presidents’ Day to rally against the president’s national emergency declaration.

“This is our country. This is not what America is about,” said Ann Fondi, a protestor from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Fondi also said the president has gone too far by going around Congress to build his border wall.

“Congress has already decided where money gets appropriated. The president can’t just decide because he didn’t get what he wanted,” she said.

President Trump said there’s a “crisis” along the southern border.

“We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people,” he said.

Protestors said the president manufactured a fake crisis and they are calling on Congress to act.

Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal is vowing a fight.

“This declaration of a national emergency is an absolute sham and disgrace. It’s an abuse of power, a seizure of authority from the United States Congress,” said Sen. Blumenthal.

Congress has the power to pass a resolution to rescind the national emergency, but the president could veto it.

So, Blumenthal said the best bet to stop the president is in court.

“The courts should act swiftly to strike down this declaration,” Sen. Blumenthal also said.

Connecticut is one of several states planning to sue president trump over the emergency declaration, and President Trump said he is prepared to fight it out.

“Sadly, we’ll be sued, and sadly it’ll go through a process, and happily we’ll win. I think,” President Trump said.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending stories