Several states are expected to join a California lawsuit against the Trump administration over the president’s move to declare a national emergency to get the money for his border wall.
New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii, Colorado and Connecticut are expected to join the initiative, according to media reports on Monday.
The effort is aimed at preventing Donald Trump from funding his signature campaign pledge through money allocated to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Army Corps of Engineers.
In order to get the funding, Trump declared a national emergency at the border on Friday in an attempt to circumvent US Congress and get the funding.
“We are prepared,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, told ABC. “We knew something like this might happen. … We are ready to go.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom has also announced plans to sue Trump.