Federal Judge Blocks Border Wall Construction

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Federal Judge Blocks Border Wall Construction
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Federal Judge Blocks Border Wall Construction
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A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from building multiple sections of the border wall separating Mexico and the United States. The construction was to be funded with resources allocated as part of the national emergency declared in February. The Trump administration has vowed to push for an expedited appeal of the ruling.

US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr has stopped construction on a 46 mile stretch of wall in New Mexico and another 5 miles in Arizona. The judge’s order targets areas of border wall next-in-line for construction, but his 56-page opinion made his views on the case fairly clear. Gilliam strongly suggested he would be ruling against the president.

“Congress’s ‘absolute’ control over federal expenditures – even when that control may frustrate the desires of the Executive Branch regarding initiatives it views as important – is not a bug in our constitutional system. It is a feature of that system, and an essential one,” Gilliam said in his opinion.

Dror Ladin, an attorney for the ACLU, has responded favorably the the judge’s opinion on the case so far. “This order is a win for our system of checks and balances, the rule of law, and border communities,” he said.

The Trump administration is facing numerous other lawsuits concerning the decision to declare a national emergency to secure wall funding. Although, only one other lawsuit is attempting to block construction during the legal challenge.

President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency followed a bitter dispute with Democrats in Congress over funding. The clash resulted in last year’s federal government shutdown. Spanning 35 days, it was the longest US government shutdown in history.

President Trump took to Twitter while visiting Japan to weigh-in on the issue:

“Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!”

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