Days after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, 16 states led by California, filed a lawsuit in the famed “Ninth Circus (Circuit) Court of Appeals” to prevent the president from doing so without the consent of the U.S. Congress.
Conservative Radio Show Host Rush Limbaugh first coined the term “circus” in describing the 9th Circuit Court because of its history of apparent judicial activism against conservative groups and causes.
During his emergency declaration, Trump jokingly predicted that he would be sued in the 9th Circuit Court.
California’s Governor Gavin Newsome and it’s Attorney General and former Congressman, Xavier Becerra, released a press release regarding the complaint, alleging “ the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration and diversion of funds is unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful. The states seek to block the Trump Administration’s emergency declaration, the unauthorized construction of the border wall, and any illegal diversion of Congressionally-appropriated funds.”
Gavin goes as far as to accuse Trump of “nativism” while Becerra states that he is “robbing taxpayer funds.”
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and undermine the Constitution,” said Governor Newsom. “This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace. Rather than focusing on fighting the real vulnerabilities facing Americans, the President is using the powers of America’s highest office to fan the flames of nativism and xenophobia. Our message to the White House is clear: California will not be part of this political theater. We will see you in court.”
“President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt. He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court. He is willing to manipulate the Office of the Presidency to engage in unconstitutional theatre performed to convince his audience that he is committed to his ‘beautiful’ border wall,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the Office of the Presidency is not a place for theatre.”
During his career in the U.S. House of Representatives, Becerra was consider progressive legislator who pressed for a pro-immigrant, open borders immigration reform policy.