(Reuters) – Civil rights teams and 20 states requested a federal choose to stop the Trump Administration from transferring $1.5 billion that Congress had authorized for the navy towards constructing a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, in keeping with a court docket submitting.
FILE PHOTO: New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
The request for a preliminary injunction, filed late Wednesday in Oakland, California, marks spherical two in what is predicted to be a drawn-out combat over President Donald Trump’s pledge to construct a wall, which has been strenuously opposed by Democrats.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to remark.
After failing to persuade Congress to offer its requested degree of wall funding earlier this yr, the Trump Administration introduced plans to redirect $6.7 billion that Congress had authorized for the Departments of Defense and Treasury.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam of Oakland, who’s weighing Wednesday’s request, issued a preliminary injunction blocking the administration’s preliminary switch of $1 billion in funds towards wall development.
The authorities has appealed that ruling. The administration requested the court docket on Wednesday to remain the injunction throughout the appeals course of in order that the federal government can start constructing the wall in Arizona and Texas to stem the circulate of unlawful medicine.
In Friday’s resolution, Gilliam stated the federal government couldn’t use the cash to construct the wall as a result of it had not been authorized for that function by Congress, violating the separation of energy rules.
As extra transfers are made, the plaintiffs are anticipated to reply by looking for additional injunctions.
The newest request seeks to dam the usage of $1.5 billion that was transferred by the Department of Defense in early May.
The injunctions have been requested by the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, that are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, in addition to 20 states led by California and New Mexico.
Congress has authorized $1.38 billion for “major pedestrian fencing” in southern Texas, which was agreed to after a protracted battle and a authorities shutdown.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Bernadette Baum