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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
New Mexico to sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico plans to join other states in suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico, the state's Democratic attorney general and governor announced Monday.

Trump says immigrants are invading the country and has declared a national emergency to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and counterdrug efforts to fulfill his promise of completing the border wall.

Hector Balderas and Lujan Grisham said the president's declaration would improperly divert funds from crucial efforts to protect New Mexican residents and also put the border state's economy at risk.

Lujan Grisham has repeatedly challenged Trump's description of a security crisis on the border and recently withdrew most of the state's National Guard contingent, leaving about a dozen troops in a well-traveled corridor for cross-border migrants.

On Monday, she said Trump's border wall doesn't address real humanitarian and safety problems at the border.

"There is zero real-world basis for the emergency declaration, and there will be no wall," she said in a statement.

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