A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the use of some Ministry of Defense funds to build parts of the planned boundary wall with Mexico. Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California has prevented the government from investing $ 1 billion in military accounts to build two sections of the Wall – a 46-mile section in New Mexico and another 5-mile section in Yuma, Arizona. Construction should begin on Saturday.
Gilliam has not decided on the diversion of another $ 3.6 billion in defense funds for the Wall by the administration, as the administration had no plans for this money. However, in his decision, Gilliam made it clear that challenges to other parts of the wall are likely to outweigh as long as the president ignores congressional wishes by dedicating money from the Department of Defense. "Congress's" absolute "control over federal spending – even though that control thwarts the executive's desires for initiatives that it considers important – is not a flaw in our constitutional system, it is an essential feature of that system," wrote Gilliam: The judge stressed that he did not judge whether "the contested border protection plan is meaningful or unwise," but how he was paid.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities and celebrated the ruling on Friday evening . "This is a benefit for our system of mutual control, the rule of law and border communities," wrote ACLU on Twitter. The ACLU also published a video by Trump promising to build the Wall: "For the people in the background it's louder: A federal court has just blocked the illegal construction of the Wall."
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