10 things you need to know today: February 19, 2019

Sixteen states sue over Trump's national security declaration, Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 presidential race, and more

1. 16 states sue over Trump's national emergency declaration

California and 15 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit to challenge President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the Mexican border. Trump said Friday he was declaring the emergency to free up money needed to build his promised border wall. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump was overstepping his authority by trying to sidestep Congress, which, in a deal to prevent a government shutdown, gave the president just a fraction of the $5.7 billion he was demanding for the wall. "The president admitted that there's not a basis for the declaration," Becerra said. "He's now trying to rob funds that were allocated by Congress legally to the various states and people of our states."

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