Hoitenga criticizes state attorney general over Trump lawsuit
LANSING — A local state representative is asking Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to back off of the lawsuit she entered on behalf of the state against the Trump administration, over the president’s recent national emergency declaration.
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, a Republican from Manton who represents Mecosta County and parts of Osceola County, sent a letter to Nessel dated Wednesday questioning whether the newly elected attorney general’s action “and the message it is sends is right for Michigan.”
“Many residents have reached out to me over this troubling decision and I am concerned with the actions that have been taken,” Hoitenga stated. “It is wrong for our state to expend any effort or resources on something happening over 1,500 miles away when there are real barriers right here in Michigan making it more difficult for residents to live, work and raise a family.”
The Associated Press reported earlier this week Nessel joined a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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.
In a statement, Nessel said Trump’s “fake emergency is a publicity stunt that will raid our federal funding and cost us millions.”
In her letter, Hoitenga said Nessel should stick to “providing legal advice and opinions to state government while working to upload our laws.
“Instead of focusing on those tasks, why have you chosen to attempt to block a project that will cut down on individuals who are actively working to circumvent federal immigration laws?”
Hoitenga said she was touched by the “angel moms” — a group of women saying their children or other loved ones have been killed by someone who was in the country illegally — who have advocated for the border wall.
“It is a tragedy no mother should have to go through, but many do each year as more individuals enter the country illegally,” Hoitenga wrote. “As a mother, please attempt to put yourself in their position. It is an impossible and unenviable task.”
It is not known whether Nessel has responded to Hoitenga’s letter.
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.