WASHINGTON— Yesterday, a federal judge in El Paso, Texas issued a nationwide injunction that blocks the Trump Administration from using military funds to build a border wall, finding President Trump’s national emergency declaration unlawful.
“Judge Briones confirmed what we’ve known all along: President Trump broke the law when he circumvented Congress and stole military funds to build his border wall,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “Trump is not an emperor who can flout our laws and do whatever he wants, and I’m pleased the court upheld the law and denounced this egregious abuse of power.”
Under the national emergency declaration, President Trump seized $3.6 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction, much of which is occurring on public lands in Arizona like Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
“Trump’s wall obsession has further militarized border communities and continues to negatively impact the border ecosystems that make the Southwest so special,” continued Grijalva. “This ruling is a victory for border residents who are fighting against Trump’s monument to his racist policies, and I want to thank them for their continued efforts to stop this border wall and protect our communities.”
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