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Attorney General Kaul issues statement on President Trump’s National Emergency proclamation

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 11:28:42-05

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Josh Kaul issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s proclamation on declaring a national emergency:

“President Trump’s emergency declaration is a blatant attempt to circumvent the system of checks and balances prescribed by the United States Constitution. I fully expect that it will be blocked by the courts," said Kaul.

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.

Sixteen states filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration for the southern border: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and California.

“If it becomes clear that federal funds that should be distributed to Wisconsin will instead be diverted as a result of this manufactured emergency, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will take appropriate action,” said Kaul.