A child looks through the bars of a wall from the side of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in this picture taken on the side of El Paso, Texas, US, May 25, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

US President Donald Trump on Saturday appealed a US judge’s ruling that blocked his administration from using $2.5 billion in funds intended for anti-drug activities to construct a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

US Department of Justice lawyers said in a court filing that they were formally appealing Friday’s ruling to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We’re immediately appealing it, and we think we’ll win the appeal,” Trump said during a press conference on Saturday at a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Japan.

“There was no reason that that should’ve happened,” Trump said.

Trump says construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border is needed to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, but he has so far been unable to get congressional approval to do so.

In February, the Trump administration declared a national emergency to reprogram $6.7 billion in funds that Congress had allocated for other purposes to build the wall, which groups and states including California had challenged.

On Friday, US District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland, California said in a pair of court decisions that the Trump administration’s proposal to transfer Defense Department funds intended for anti-drug activities was unlawful.

One of Gilliam’s rulings was in a lawsuit filed by California on behalf of 20 states, while the other was in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in coordination with the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

“These rulings critically stop President Trump’s illegal money grab to divert $2.5 billion of unauthorized funding for his pet project,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement late on Friday. “All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state.” 

Reuters

Source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

German coronavirus tally: 4,191 new cases, 36 new deaths

This week the European nation imposed new restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including a ban on gatherings of over two people. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among people who went on self-quarantine after being in contact with…

Ghislaine Maxwell breaks down in tears as she is DENIED bail and must stay locked up until her July 2021 trial as judge rules Epstein’s ‘madam’ has shown ‘sophistication in hiding her finances AND herself and poses significant flight risk’

Ghislaine Maxwell cried as she was denied bail on Tuesday and learned she must stay locked up until her trial next summer, as Jeffrey Epstein’s accused madam pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges brought against her.  The 58-year-old wiped tears…

Spain’s coronavirus daily death toll falls to lowest tally in nearly six weeks

(Reuters) – The number of fatalities related to the novel coronavirus recorded overnight in Spain fell to 268, the lowest tally in nearly six weeks, the country’s health ministry said on Thursday. The overall death toll rose to 24,543 on…

Bobby Jindal: Dems are ‘willing to crush the economy’ if it leads to Trump loss

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reacts to a new Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing Democrat-run states will hurt the country’s economic recovery by their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily…