© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Politics & Government

Michigan Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Border Wall Declaration

 Michigan capitol building at sunset
Amanda Pinckney
Michigan capitol building

State lawmakers want to go to the Michigan Supreme Court to find out if something they did in their last session is legal. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel
Credit Cheyna Roth
Attorney General Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel is considering a request for a formal opinion. Some Democratic lawmakers want to know whether the Republican-led Legislature’s adopt and amend tactic used last year is okay. Lawmakers adopted two ballot proposals – and then made major changes to them – instead of letting voters decide. 

Representative Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) introduced a measure to ask the state Supreme Court for its opinion. 

“By moving this resolution and skipping over this process that could take lots of money and lots of time, let’s just go straight to the source where it will ultimately end up – which is the supreme court,” he said.
Democrats in the state House say they welcome the Supreme Court’s input and have no doubt the court will rule the move was unconstitutional. 

The state Senate also plans to introduce and vote on a similar measure Wednesday. 

Associated Press:

Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan has joined a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the lawsuit Monday and says 16 states allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution

Also joining the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says in a statement that Trump's "fake emergency is a publicity stunt that will raid our federal funding and cost us millions."

Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.