A California federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from using $1 billion diverted from military accounts, including pay and pension funds, to begin border wall construction.
“This is a win for our system of checks and balances, the rule of law, and border communities,” the ACLU said in a statement. “The court blocked all wall projects currently slated for immediate construction.”
“If the Trump administration begins illegally diverting additional funds, we’ll be back in court,” it added.
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Gilliam, who was nominated by then-President Barack Obama in 2014, specifically cited frustration as not being enough to go against the “essential” function of “our constitutional system.”
“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 wrote.
Trump has made building the border wall the central tenant of both his campaign and now his presidency. He declared a national emergency on Feb. 15 as a means of securing funding for the wall after he could not get a bill passed in Congress to provide money for construction.
As recently as Monday at a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania, Trump said the wall was “being built as we speak” and claimed “almost 500 miles” will be erected by the end of next year. However, that construction was based on winning the court battle and much of it would replace existing barriers, not build new wall.
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