Susan Collins Shows Support For Lawsuit Aimed At Trump’s Emergency Declaration

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she is "strongly opposed" to President Trump's national emergency declaration.

According to The Hill, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) sad that she’s “strongly opposed” to President Donald Trump’s national emergency, which he declared in order to build a wall on the U.S-Mexico border. Collins supports a lawsuit that aims to block the president.

“I support the lawsuit that has been brought and I believe this was an unwise decision by the president," Collins said.

Sixteen states have challenged Trump’s emergency declaration by signing on to a lawsuit which argues that Trump “used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars… toward building a wall.”

Collins wouldn’t be surprised if a court ruled against the Trump administration.

"I would not be at all surprised if the courts find that the president's action is contrary to the separation of powers," she said. "I don't think under the Constitution that he can unilaterally decide to move these funds, which were legally appropriated, from one project to another."

On Friday, Trump announced that he would declare a national emergency after Congress passed a bill that would give the administration %1.375 billion for a border fence, instead of Trump’s goal: $5.7 billion for a border wall.

Collins is one of many Republican senators who is concerned about the national emergency declaration.

"I am strongly opposed to the president invoking his national emergency powers. I don't believe that's what the law was intended to cover," she said. She adding that the president's move is of "dubious constitutionality."

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