A federal judge ruled against the decision of President Donald Trump to use military funds for the construction of border wall.
In February, Trump declared a national emergency to use almost $6 billion funds from the Department of Defense (DoD) to build the border wall.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition and California on behalf of 20 states filed lawsuits challenging the President’s decision.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled on both cases, permanently blocking the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall. He previously ordered a preliminary injunction on the President’s plan.
In his latest ruling, Judge Gilliam noted that the Trump administration failed to provide new evidence or argument to convince the court to cancel its previous decision.
He wrote, “Because no new factual or legal arguments persuade the court that its analysis in the preliminary injunction order was wrong, [the groups’] likelihood of success on the merits has ripened into actual success.”
In addition, Judge Gilliam found that the groups that filed the lawsuit will suffer “irreparable damage” due to the construction of border wall. According to him, it “will harm their ability to recreate in and otherwise enjoy public land along the border.”
Reactions from California AG, ACLU
In a statement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, commented, “These rulings critically stop President Trump’s illegal money grab to divert $2.5 billion of unauthorized funding for his pet project.”
“All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state. President Trump said he didn’t have to do this and that he would be unsuccessful in court. Today we proved that statement true,” he added.
On the other hand, the ACLU tweeted that the ruling is a win for the Constitution and border communities.
While declaring the national emergency, Trump stated he “didn’t need to do this” but he’d prefer to build the wall “much faster.” He added that he declared a national emergency because he was “not happy” that Congress “skimped” on the wall by denying him the billions he demanded.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 29, 2019