President Trump celebrated a "major victory" in the courts for his proposed boundary wall on Wednesday, after a federal judge ruled against an environmental challenge to Trump's electoral campaign pledge.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel found in favor of the administration on Tuesday in a case that raised the question of whether the government could ignore environmental laws to build the southern boundary wall. The project was challenged by environmental groups and the state of California.
Trump propagated the victory in a tweet, saying that it allowed the government to continue by adding, "OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!"
FEDERAL RULES AGAINST CHALLENGE FOR TRUMP BORDER WALL
In the tweet, he also said that parts of the wall that California is now planning to build "will not be built until the entire wall is approved." It was not clear what he was referring to, but he may have referred to a project to replace two miles of wall in downtown Calexico.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the barrier is made of recycled scrap metal and a landing mat and is being replaced by 30 feet high
Curiel's ruling means that the government can now enact environmental exceptions and build parts of the Wall.
Curiel was the judge Trump accused of biasing on his Mexican-American heritage when he was in charge of a case involving Trump University. The then candidate Trump was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his comments.
California civil servants pushed against the border wall decision.
Californian Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office "prepared all our options and [is] to do what is necessary to protect our people, our values and our economy from federal transgression." [1
The Trump government was sued in September as part of its efforts to block any construction of the border wall.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday also praise of border security efforts.
"45-year low in illegal border crossings this year, ice and border patrols are doing a great job for our country, MS-13 clubs are being hit hard," he tweeted.
Fox News & # 39; Alex Pappas contributed to this report.