US judge blocks part of Trump wall plan
The order blocks the use of $1 billion from the Department of Defense in Arizona and Texas, out of $6.7 billion that Trump administration said it planned to direct toward building the wall.
BORDER WALL PLAN IS BLOCKED
“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 the fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” Haywood Gilliam Jr, a US judge in California, wrote in the order.
Separately, Gilliam denied a preliminary injunction against the border wall sought by a coalition of sixteen states, but said they could move forward with their case.
Spokespeople for the Department of Homeland Security, Pentagon and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump has said the wall is needed to address a crisis of drugs and crime flowing across the border into the United States.b The ruling adds to Trump’s frustrations with federal court orders blocking his initiatives for cutting illegal immigration, a policy area he will focus on in his 2020 re-election bid.