Now that President Donald Trump has signed the national emergency declaration, California politicians Governor Gavin Newsom and  state Attorney General Xavier Becerra have pounced and are now making plans to block its implementation.

Newsom and Becerra announced they were developing plans for the legal action at a Capitol news conference just hours after President Trump declared a national emergency in an attempt to divert up to $6.6 billion from other projects, including military construction jobs, to build or reinforce as many as 234 miles of border barriers.

“Fortunately, Donald Trump is not the last word,” Newsom said. “The courts will be the last word.”

Newsom called the wall “a vanity project, a monument to stupidity,” and said the real emergency was the wildfire disaster that needed federal funds.

“No other state is going to be impacted by this declaration of emergency more than the state of California,” the governor said.

Becerra, who I noted was a lawsuit-filing General of the Resistance, is cloaking his opposition to the President’s declaration in the U.S. Constitution.

“He can’t do this,” Becerra said. “The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, powers to do this.”

Becerra continued: “I believe Trump is telegraphing that he knows this is not a true national emergency. He’s hoping to use the Supreme Court as a tool in his game to fulfill a campaign promise.”

Newsom’s statement about its impact on California is astonishing at best. Many experts note that the enhanced border security will be a boon to California . . . which should be the case no matter where the funding is obtained.

A spending deal Congress passed on Thursday includes an increase in funding for new screening equipment and 600 new customs officers at border crossings, including California’s five busy land ports of entry. That legislation, which the president signed to prevent another partial government shutdown, also provides $191 million for infrastructure improvements at the Calexico border crossing.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President Paola Avila said “the new federal funding will help improve ports of entry efficiency and security.” That will have an economic impact, Avila said, because 90 percent “of California’s exports to Mexico are processed through our land ports of entry.”

Secondly, better border security will help the Mexicans, which should be a big plus for Becerra (an open-borders virtue signaler). When the border barrier in San Diego went up in the 1990’s, the crime in Tijuana dropped considerably.

In some areas, older buildings are being redeveloped and in-filled. Locals have created boutiques, clothing lines, microbreweries, small but striving tech and film industries, art galleries and more—all of which serve Tijuana’s middle class and a new cohort of rambunctious, globally aware hipsters who have grown up since the mid-1990s. Bus depots that once deposited tourists or prospective migrants near the border daily have closed. The old hooker hotels are fading, and lofts and artist spaces have sprouted up. Today, Tijuana’s economy is among the most robust in Mexico.

Clearly, being rational about Trump’s plans wouldn’t be as dramatic or self-promoting as going full throttle with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

However, not all Californians are onboard with this money-wasting drama.

A second lawsuit was also filed.

Another federal lawsuit was filed in D.C. by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a prominent government watchdog group, but the litigation targets the Justice Department and revolves around a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the emergency order.

I strongly suspect Newsom would like to use the California lawsuit as a launching pad to a presidential run.

 
 
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