June 29, 2019


Judge expands areas where border wall building is barred (MATTHEW CHOI 06/28/2019, Politico)

Judge Haywood Gilliam, of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, expanded a previous order from May blocking Trump from building the wall in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The court added four more sections of the wall along the southern border in Arizona and California to the no-build list, and made permanent the previous order.

Administration officials have pushed for alternate ways to fund the wall after Congress denied Trump the over $5 billion he had requested earlier this year. The administration appealed the court's earlier order last month, arguing that building the wall was a top priority for the administration to stop high levels of drug smuggling.

"Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction," Trump tweeted after Gilliam's earlier order. "This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!"

Gilliam noted in his decision that using defense funding for the wall eschews Congress' intent in denying Trump's desired funding, and that the administration's policy priorities cannot justify bypassing Congress' authority.

"Defendants' position on these factors boils down to an argument that the Court should not enjoin conduct found to be unlawful because the ends justify the mean," Gilliam wrote. "No case supports this principle."

Donald does have trouble with the whole concept of, "'No', means no."

Posted by at June 29, 2019 8:31 AM