Federal Judge Rules Trump’s Use Of Emergency Funds To Build Border Wall Illegal Setting Up Showdown In Texas


Another day, another judge blocks one of President Trump’s moves to keep this country safe.

The tactic of using the courts to block certain actions or to grant them has gotten out of hand.

Both sides use the courts where they should not – look the swamp has paralyzed Washington and Congress is basically a useless body that can agree on little save war and piling on more debt.

Any big move requires executive action and that is when the other side runs to the courts. Congress needs to get together and actually do its job before serious damage is done to our institutions.

From CNN: A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a border wall is unlawful and appears poised to block the use of those funds.

Judge David Briones of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, asked challengers of the wall to propose the scope of a preliminary injunction.

The lawsuit, brought by El Paso County, Texas, and Border Network for Human Rights, seeks an injunction to block Trump’s national emergency declaration. It argues that Trump overstepped his authority when he issued the declaration to gain access to additional funds for his border wall, despite receiving $1.375 billion from Congress.

The complaint also alleges that the declaration doesn’t meet the National Emergencies Act’s definition of “emergency” and pushes back against Trump’s remarks that border barriers led to a drop in crime in El Paso.

From NBC: Judge David Briones said the president’s Feb. 15 proclamation — which called the southern U.S. border a security and humanitarian crisis — was “unlawful,” according to a court document filed Friday.

Briones, who was nominated by former President Bill Clinton, said Trump, in addition to declaring a national emergency, called for his administration to “use funds that Congress appropriated for other purposes to build a border wall.”

The senior U.S. district judge noted Trump directed funds to build a border wall, and the Defense Department determined it would use $3.6 billion on 11 border wall projects.