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President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border could collectively cost states, the District Columbia and two U.S. territories as much as $6 billion in federal military construction and National Guard funding.
California, Hawaii and Maryland stand to take the biggest funding hits, $896 million, $550 million and $362 million, respectively. All three of those states are among the 16 that have filed a federal lawsuit to block the border wall action (see Spotlight and Bird’s Eye View).
“If the president is essentially stealing money that’s been allocated to go to the various states for various purposes but no longer will, we’re being harmed, our people are being harmed,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra when the lawsuit was announced. (GOVERNING)