On Saturday, President Trump promised to appeal "immediately" against a judge's decision to block funding for his border wall while reviving the threats to halt deportation in a week.
The President discussed his immigration plans in the context of a broad-based press conference after the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan With the passage of a $ 4.6 billion law to tackle the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border Trump hit a blow when a Californian judge stopped Trump from using $ 2.5 billion to build high-priority boundary wall segments in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Oakwood Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. has acted in two lawsuits filed by California and activists alleging that the money transfer is unlawful and that the construction would pose a threat to the environment.
"We immediately appealed and think we will win the appeal," said Trump at his press conference, calling the decision a shame. "There was no reason why this should have happened."
In the meantime, the President made it clear that despite the adoption of the rescue package in Congress, he intended to conduct controversial raids on immigration and customs enforcement without reaching agreement on reform of the US asylum procedures, which he described as unlikely ,
"We're going to remove a large number of people … starting a week later, you know, sometime after the 4th of July," said Trump.
These scheduled raids were the topic Last weekend, the Washington Post reported on the tight plan to mobilize families in up to 1
Last week, however, was marked by negotiations over the humanitarian aid bill passed by Congress shortly before the holiday break.
While Trump thanked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for supporting the passage of this package, she rolled over her party's liberal wing to propose a nonpartisan package that did not include enforcement limitations aimed at by that wing, the president said to make ICE raids no less likely.
The raid plan and national controversies surrounding the poor conditions in certain internment camps for migrants were the background of a major reoccupation of the highest levels of Homeland Security. Over the past week, new leaders have been deployed to ICE and Customs and Border Protection – as the DHS secretary himself faces questions about his future.
Acting secretary Kevin McAleenan was accused of having leaked these scheduled raids. But during a Fox News appearance, "The Ingraham Angle," he denied it again.
"I would never have leaked details of a sensitive law enforcement operation," he said.
A high-ranking government official told Fox News on Thursday that "after the alleged leak," he has lost the trust and confidence of both the workforce and his superiors, without the need for a viable path to progress with confidence and credibility. " Officials deplored the state of morality in the department and said, "DHS has turned into chaos and the morale of the staff is miserable." on Friday, the flow is sinking at the border, and he says he expects a reduction in border fears of up to 25 percent in June – from this year's heights so far.
The verdict of the California judge on Friday created another front in the ever-expanding legal, political and physical struggle for immigration.
"All that President Trump has achieved is a constitutional crisis that threatens immediate damage to our state," said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a lawsuit led by a 20-member coalition of attorney general.
The US The 9th Court of Appeals is expected to address the same issue of using military money next week.
It's about Trump's February declaration of a national emergency so he can deduce $ 6.7 billion from military and other sources and start building the wall, which could have started on Monday.
Trump declared the emergency after losing a fight with the democratically led House that led to a 35-day government deadlock. The President identified $ 3.6 billion in military construction funds, $ 2.5 billion from Defense Department anti-drug activities, and $ 600 million from the Treasury Property Loss Fund]. In the second lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union had filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the judge noted that the use of $ 2.5 billion for two masonry sectors was unlawful, although he rejected environmental arguments in this regard. Wall construction would threaten species such as bighorn sheep.
Brooke Singman of Fox News and Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.