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Attorney General Herring joins 18 states in lawsuit to protect Virginia's $600 million in military construction

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Posted at 8:48 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 20:48:36-05

RICHMOND, Va. - Attorney General Herring joins other states in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration for the construction of the unauthorized border wall.

Attorney General Herring joins 18 other Attorney Generals in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration, due to the redirecting of billions of dollars set for military construction in order to build the border wall.

Attorney Herring along with the coalition, argue that the court should rule the Department of Defense's diversion of already allocated funds to the construction of the border wall unconstitutional.

Virginia could lose up to $631.3 million in military construction funding, according to Attorney General Herring.

“Once again, the Trump Administration has circumvented Congress in order to divert critical funding from actual national security priorities, including military construction projects at different facilities across Virginia,” said Attorney General Herring. “We cannot continue to allow this President to skirt the law, especially when his actions go against the very values our country was built on.”

The Trump administration says it would redirect over $3.8 billion in funds that Congress appropriated to the Department of Defense for resources and equipment for State National Guard units nationwide toward the border wall.

Military construction projects remain at risk of being defunded, Attorney General Herring office says.

Attorney General Herring filed a similar lawsuit last year when the Trump Administration declared a state of emergency and diverted billions of dollars towards building the border wall.

A federal judge declared a preliminary injunction in that lawsuit blocking President Trump’s unlawful attempts to divert and direct money to a wall along the southern border under the guise of a “national emergency.”

Other states such as California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York, and more join Attorney General Herring in lawsuit.