Vermont joins states challenging Trump’s border emergency declaration

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Vermont is joining a coalition of 20 states that are challenging President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Wednesday that Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin joined the coalition of state’s challenging the declaration.

Last month, Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall after Congress refused to fund it. The move allows the president to bypass Congress and use money from other sources for the wall.

The states allege that the Trump Administration’s action is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Donovan says funds for Vermont “to support and promote the public safety” should not be jeopardized by what he calls “a manufactured political crisis by the president.”

He did not say if any specific Vermont funding is at risk.

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