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Judge Bars Trump From Building Border Wall With Defense Funds

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In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, photo, workers place sections of metal wall as a new barrier is built along the Texas-Mexico border near downtown El Paso. Such barriers have been a part of El Paso for decades and are currently being expanded, even as the fight over President Donald Trump's desire to wall off the entire U.S.-Mexico border has sparked the longest government shutdown in the nation's history. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A U.S. judge barred President Donald Trump from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to pay for a wall along the Mexico border.

Tuesday’s order follows an October ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas, in which he concluded Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to redirect Defense Department appropriations to a wall project that Congress specifically refused to pay for was illegal. The government is appealing the October ruling.

The decision by Briones could hinder the ability of lawmakers to agree on a fiscal 2020 spending bill package this week where border wall funding is once again a key stumbling block and a shutdown looms Dec. 20. The White House might double down on its request for more direct wall funding if the transfer option is barred.

Briones found, because the administration’s actions “are unlawful and the people’s representatives – Congress – declined to augment the border wall project as defendants attempt, the public interest would be served by halting them.”

The judge said he is not blocking the president from using $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds earmarked for a counter-drug program, consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in July that let the administration move forward with building 100 miles of border fencing.

“The president’s emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress,” said Kristy Parker, a lawyer for Protect Democracy, which represents the county of El Paso and a human rights group that brought the legal challenge. “Today’s order affirms that the president is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco is weighing separate challenges to the president’s wall funding plan brought by a coalition of states and the Sierra Club.

via newsmax

15 COMMENTS

  1. Shame, shame to the Judge and to the House Democrats who will NOT fund the wall. Yep it is a defense to help We the People keep out those who break our laws coming in here. Know the Democrats LOVE their open borders, love their illegals, love all the commotion and death they bring We the People because it keep our eye off WHAT THEY ARE DOING AGAINST US!!!!!

    Build the Wall, Build it Tall.

    And also let our Military carry to protect themselves. This “baby sitting” job that is being done on our Military base has to stop.

    Democrats have allowed a LOT of BAD people in with their Open Border nonsense. Thank you President Trump for trying to do what’s right. Trying to Make America Safe again.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

    • District Judge David Briones in El Paso, soon you will be sorry for going against our President because the criminal illegals will be at your door . Your open border mentality and your love for illegals will cost you dearly ; you will be sitting on the street with No Job .

    • And yet Pelosi can use Social Security funds to back the witch hunt. Maybe that judge should be thrown over the wall when built. Just wonder how many officials are backed by drug cartels. Sad how much government has turned into the Enemy of America .

  2. Wait till the judges family has a member killed by the Cartel, when it gets close to home there will be a mind change in the need for the wall. Judge is too far to the left . Judge needs a big picture of the entire Cartel !

  3. Thus is bullshit. An Buse of judicial power. Funding the wall anyway possible is within the power of Trump’s presidency. This judge should be disbarred.

  4. “The judge said he is not blocking the president from using $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds earmarked for a counter-drug program, consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in July that let the administration move forward with building 100 miles of border fencing.”

    Trump should challenge him that he is continuing on the wall “consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in July that let the administration move forward with building 100 miles of border fencing [as a counter-drugs and drug-cartel activities, such as the cartel murders that we have seen so vividly only recently].”

    Does that pissant, petty judge know that he and his district court (which isn’t even mentioned directly in the Constitution) does not have the legal authority to overrule the Supreme Court (which is explicitly mentioned in the Constitution). It is high time for the Senate to impeach him (and the other district courts who flout the Constitution – not Trump); but will all-talk Lindsey Graham get the ball rolling to roll Briones out the door?

  5. President Trump, here is simple but legal way you can fund the WALL and the federal courts cannot stop you!!! Right now we are in a trade war with China where we are getting billions of dollars of tariffs for their goods coming into the country!! Why not take some of the billions and apply to the Wall since you do not have to get Congress approval on how you use it as long as you do not use it personally!!! You are now using it to pay down the national debt!! Simple solution to complex problem using American common sense!!!!!

  6. UPDATE: The House just passed the annual Defense spending bill (which will most likely be passed very soon by the Senate). In the House bill Democrats dropped a provision to block Trump from transferring money from Pentagon accounts to constructing more of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. So it looks like the district court ruling will become moot.

  7. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/12/rashida-tlaib-blames-white-supremacy-jersey-city-murders/

    “It’s telling, and frankly sick, that Tlaib tweeted out sympathies for the Jews that were murdered blaming it on white supremacists,” tweeted journalist Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll. “Didn’t care enough to find out what happened. Just enough to use dead Jews for her political agenda.”

    Yes and to tell you the truth she doesn’t eve care about the Jewish community that was savagely attacked. This is all a political agenda. And it IS SICK.

    Been watching this story develop. My heart just weeps for those who were murdered all because of someone’s hatred of them. Just hatred plain and simple. And I blame the Democrats starting with Obama who began nurturing this hate and this is what we have in this Great Country now.

    “There’s no pressing need for a member of the U.S. Congress to meddle in an overseas election like this, but this is how much the Squad hates Jews.”

    From AOC, the stupid Bartender:

    “This video is about the UK, but it might as well have been produced about the United States.

    The hoarding of wealth by the few is coming at the cost of peoples’ lives.

    The only way we change is with a massive surge of *new* voters at the polls. UK, Vote!”

    “There’s no pressing need for a member of the U.S. Congress to meddle in an overseas election like this, but this is how much the Squad hates Jews.”

    Hey AOC, you are supposed to be worried about US business, but then again just like Obama you think you are the World leader. Disgusting, using a death to push your agenda. Completely sickening.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

  8. He was pushed hard to pull this off by Kristy Parker, another left wing counselor. Promote Democracy is her base, ex Justice Department lawyer that loves everyone including Legal Aliens and Drug Cartel killers. I’ve lived in Texas most of my life besides my time in Central America with the U.S Army and I’ve never seen any bullshit like these parasite Demorats I see sitting up here on the Judiciary Committee. If their child or family member was killed by some wetback driving on the wrong side of the road because their drunk they would look at it a little different. Drop these two idiots in the middle of 🇲🇽 and see how that works for them…God Bless🇺🇸

  9. How can a lower court judge overrule the president of the United States? President has the authority to defend the country borders. So sick of left wing nuts. They are the ones that abuse their power

    • Heck “Acting” AG Sally Yates was fired after she told justice department lawyers not to defend President Trump’s executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. So why should a judge that Obama put in, which weren’t many listen to the President or worry about our border crisis which is a national security risk.

      These Globalists dems AND rinos have been putting blocks on everything because they feel their “Open Society” leader has their best interest. This is all going to backfire big time. Abuse of power, definitely.

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

  10. This will be further adjudicated in the SCOTUS and this low life low level judge will be embarrassed once his ruling is overturned … Low Level Federal Judges will get the idea eventually once the Honorable POTUS DJT resets the course of Federal Judicial Districts throughout the nation with constitutional originalists and the snowflake judges that remain will just have to melt in their own private chambers.

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