Haywood Gilliam Jr., California federal judge, has ruled Friday that president Donald Trump’s administration should stop constructing two wall sections along the Mexican border. According to media reports, Trump administration was going to use $1 billion “diverted from military accounts” in order to begin construction on Saturday.
“The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” said the judge.
The cited reason for blocking the funds is President’s “attempt to circumvent Congress.”
“DoD is attempting to circumvent Congress and the American people’s opposition to using taxpayer money for the construction of an unnecessary wall, and the military is paying the cost,” said US Representative Adam Smith.
“There is no national emergency at the southern border. The Administration should stop using our servicemembers as a political tool and instead focus on building military capabilities and readiness and areas where we should focus our defense resources. Congress will act as necessary to defend its Constitutional prerogatives,” he added.
President Trump blasted Gilliam over his ruling and called him “another activist Obama appointed judge.”
“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!” posted Trump on Twitter
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