Trump responds to demand with criticism of cost overruns in California train

The president, Donald Trump, responded today to the lawsuit against him filed by 16 attorneys general to block the declaration of “national emergency” with criticism of the excessive costs in the California high-speed train project.

“As I predicted, 16 cities, led mainly by open border democrats and the radical left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the Ninth Circuit of California,” Trump wrote in his Twitter account.

The court, based in San Francisco, has dealt several judicial defeats to the ruler on issues such as the migration veto to refugees and nationals of six Muslim-majority countries or the elimination of the Deferred Action DACA program, which benefits undocumented youth who have arrived. to the country of children.

Next, Trump said that California, “the state that has wasted billions of dollars in a high-speed train that has gone out of control and has no signs of completion, seems to be ahead” of the lawsuit.

“The failed rapid train project in California, where excessive costs are becoming a world record, is a hundred times more expensive than the wall we desperately need,” the president added.

On Monday, coinciding with the Presidents’ Day holiday, a coalition of 16 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Trump, in an attempt to curb the “national emergency” with which the president seeks to raise funds to build the wall in the border with Mexico.

The lawsuit, led by California Attorney General, Democrat Xavier Becerra, was filed with the San Francisco-based Northern District Court of California, which in January 2018 ordered Trump to reactivate the DACA program, which protects of deportation to 690,000 undocumented youth known as “dreamers”, and continue to receive renewal requests.

The lawsuit, according to New York Attorney General Letitia James, in a statement, added, in addition to California and its state, their counterparts in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia.

The lawsuit can open a judicial process that is likely to drag on for several months, during which the Trump decree is expected to remain blocked, so the White House could not use funds it has identified to build the border barrier.

The declaration of “national emergency” allows presidents temporary access to a special power to face a crisis, and Trump signed it last Friday to ensure that there is an “invasion” of drugs and criminals on the border with Mexico that justifies extraordinary measures.

With this decree, Trump intends to collect 6.6 billion dollars deviated from various items already approved by Congress, which would be added to another 1.375 granted by the legislature to build the border barrier.

The opposition Democrat considers that measure an “illegal” interference in the exclusive power of Congress to determine budgets, and the president already predicted on Friday that the battle for the issue will reach the Supreme Court. (EFEUSA) .-

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