Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen watches the dedication of a new steel border fence in Calexico in October. Courtesy Department of Homeland Security

Gov. Gavin Newsom warned President Trump Friday that California will challenge the new emergency declaration in court.

“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution,” said Newsom. “Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.​​”

Trump earlier declared a national emergency on the border in order to bypass Congress and build some 200 more miles of fencing.

“We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs and human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” Trump said during a brief appearance at the White House.

“I could do the wall over a long period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster,” he said.

Illegal border crossing are at the lowest level in decades, and Newsom called Trump’s declaration “a national disgrace.”

The declaration is expected to be widely challenged, both by border states and landowners whose property would be seized.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.