16 US states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds
Private security guards stand guard in front of the border fence between Mexico and United States, in Tijuana, Mexico November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came just days after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Jeff Mason; Editing by Tom Brown and Peter Cooney