It appears as though President Trump may have to find an alternative way to fund at least part of his much-touted souther border wall.
As reported in The Hill, Federal Judge David Briones ruled in favor of Border Network for Human Rights and El Paso, Texas, in effect blocking the president from allocating Pentagon funds toward building the controversial wall. Plaintiffs in the case argued that the president’s attempt to do so was both beyond Trump’s executive authority and that his designation of the border crisis as emergency failed to meet the criteria outlined in the National Emergencies Act.
Judge Briones, a Clinton-era appointee certainly agreed, writing: “After due consideration, the Court is of the opinion that a declaratory judgment and permanent injunction shall be granted in Plaintiffs’ favor.”
Democrats were quick to celebrate, especially Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, claiming the ruling was a win for separation of powers, and the authority of the law: “This injunction is a win for the rule of law and should serve as a warning to Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration that the power of the purse – given exclusively to Congress by the Constitution – cannot be usurped.”
The Trump administration responded by filing a motion for an administrative stay, which the judge quickly shot down for “lacking compelling reasons,” and encouraged the defendants to turn to the Fifth Circuit regarding further legal endeavors.
“Today’s order affirms that the President is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds,” celebrated Kristy Parker, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case.
Although undoubtedly a defeat for the president, the ruling narrowly applies only to the funds Trump sought to allocate from the Pentagon. Even so, this is sure to be only one of many wall-related ruling during the remainder of the 45th president’s time in the White House.
Source: The Hill
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.