El Paso County, BNHR prepare lawsuit against Trump’s emergency declaration


El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) will file a lawsuit against President Trump’s emergency declaration regarding the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border.

As KTSM previously shared, Trump said he is doing so to address “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”

“This threatened emergency declaration will further damage El Paso County’s reputation and economy, and we are determined to stop this from happening,” El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told KTSM.

In a news release, the organization says it believes the declaration “is based on a distortion of our border communities and that this declaration will cause unrepairable harm to communities at the border.”

Protect Democracy and the Niskanen Center, two non-profit and non-partisan organizations, say they will represent the County and BNHR. Their reasons; simply being an “unlawful” decision.

“This is not a partisan thing. This is not about democrats and republicans. This is about the future of our nation,” Garcia shared, “If we allow the President of the United States to become a dictator, then democracy will die in America.”

County Commissioner David Stout was there to represent on behalf of the County, “We have decided we want to be on the forefront of this fight because we have been the focal point. And have been kicked, put down, beaten, and so we’re tired of it.”

The goal of the lawsuit is to not only prevent the wall from being built, but also protect democracy for the border and the Nation as well. 

“America is governed by the rule of law and the separation of powers. President Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency would violate both of these, Kristie De Peña, Director of Immigration and Senior Counsel for the Niskanen Center, said in a news release. “Our lawsuit would aim to stop the dangerous precedent this would establish for the presidency and the immediate harm it would inflict on communities along the border.”

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