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Federal Judge Blocks Border Wall Construction

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr., from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, blocked President Trump’s plan to use military funds to construct part of the wall on the southern border.

Gilliam based his decision on the grounds that the Executive Branch can’t transfer funds to address an issue that Congress has not specifically appropriated.

The Washington Post reports:

The law the administration invoked to shift funds allows transfers for “unforeseen” events. Gilliam said the government’s claim that wall construction was “unforeseen” “cannot logically be squared” with Trump’s many demands for funding dating back to early 2018 and even in the campaign.

Judge Gilliam was appointed by former President Obama.

CNN reports the decision is a setback for President Trump but it “…does not prevent the Trump administration from using funds from other sources to build the projects….”

The judge’s ruling was a result of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that was representing the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition.

MSNBC reported on Gilliam’s ruling.

Watch here.

The court fight over border wall construction would not have happened had Democrats backed President Trump’s funding request to secure the border.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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