As you may have seen, USA Today this morning published an op-ed by ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero on our lawsuit challenging President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure funds for a wall along the southern border. We filed our lawsuit last night on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

 

As Anthony Romero notes in the op-ed:

 

“Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda and a brazen attempt to subvert the constitutional separation of powers. The federal treasury isn't a bank account that the president can just raid whenever he's in a bind. It's taxpayer money that the Framers specifically left in the hands of Congress. Trump is seeking to thwart Congress' will. Now we are asking the courts to give Trump another lesson in how the Constitution works.”

 

The lawsuit comes after the ACLU and coalition partners mobilized nationwide protests on Presidents’ Day against the national emergency declaration.

 

The op-ed is available here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/02/20/aclu-lawsuit-trump-emergency-declaration-illegal-unprecedented-column/2920655002/.

 

Additional information about our lawsuit is available here: https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-files-lawsuit-challenging-national-emergency-declaration.

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if any questions or if you would like to chat with members of our legal team on the case.

 

Thanks,

Abdullah

 

Abdullah Hasan

Communications Strategist

American Civil Liberties Union

125 Broad St., New York, NY 10004

office: 646.905.8879 ahasan@aclu.org