Clinton-Appointed Judge BLOCKS Trump’s $3.6 Billion Wall Fund
U.S. District Court “judge” David Briones has issued a permanent injunction on Trump’s proposed $3.6 Billion allocated to the big, beautiful wall. Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, Judge Briones has declared this allotment of money to be “unlawful” and rules that money from the Consolidated Appropriations Act is to be “permanently enjoined” from being used for The Wall.
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in funds allocated by Congress for military construction projects to help pay for a wall on the southern border.
U.S. District Judge David Briones of El Paso ruled that the administration’s use of an emergency proclamation last February to divert those funds to the border wall is unlawful.
The ruling found that the administration was within the law in using an additional $2.5 billion intended for drug interdiction efforts for border wall construction.
“The President’s emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress,” said Kristy Parker, counsel for the nonpartisan organization Protect Democracy, which represented the plaintiffs, in a statement. “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.”
The suit was brought by El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights. It argued that the administration overstepped its authority by “declaring a national emergency and violating laws of Congress limiting funds for barriers at the United States-Mexico border.”
The ruling is a setback for the administration, which has sought to shore up money for the President’s signature campaign promise of a border wall, and marks yet another high-profile blow the courts have dealt Trump of late on key issues, including his immigration policies and his fight to not turn his tax returns over to Congress. It targets only one set of Pentagon funds, however, leaving in place the money the Supreme Court allowed to be used earlier this year.In September, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized diverting of $3.6 billion in military construction funds for 11 wall projects on the southern border with Mexico. The Pentagon said at the time that half the money was coming from deferred projects overseas, and the other half was planned for projects in the US.“DoD is evaluating the injunction right now, and will work with the Department of Justice on the next steps. DoD will comply with all court orders,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell in a statement.