Trump's national emergency declaration receives first legal challenge

    <p>In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a tour as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. Trump said Sunday, July 29, 2018, that he would consider shutting down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File){/p}

    WASHINGTON - The national emergency declaration announced by President Trump Friday morning is being legally challenged less than 24 hours after it was issued.

    Public Citizen, which describes its self as a “nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest”, filed a lawsuit in the DC District Court late Friday.

    The group filed the suit on behalf of Frontera Audubon Society – a 15-acre nature preserve in Weslaco, Texas – and three South Texas landowners whose land would be used to build a border wall.

    Trump issued the declaration Friday after Congress declined to provide the $5 billion requested for a wall.

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