Trump Faces Another Obama-Era Problem At The Wall
Trump has been doing his best to get the wall built. But Dems are still doing their best to stop him from funding it. Calif.-based U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam has put a hold on some of the funding Trump was planning to get from the Pentagon. And Gilliam is, of course, a product of the Obama Administration.
“Gilliam said the administration’s plan to transfer counterdrug funding to finance the border-wall construction appeared to be unconstitutional because the legal authority the administration was relying on applied only to “unforeseen” needs.
“Defendants’ argument that the need for the requested border barrier construction funding was ‘unforeseen’ cannot logically be squared with the Administration’s multiple requests for funding for exactly that purpose dating back to at least early 2018,” the Obama nominee wrote.
Gilliam noted that in the wake of the protracted partial government shutdown earlier this year Congress appropriated only $1.375 billion for border-wall construction, limited to the Rio Grande Valley sector in Texas.”
“The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” the judge wrote.”
“The judge’s order limiting use of the counterdrug funds applies to two sectors: El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Arizona. The administration had planned to start using the moneys there as soon as Saturday, the judge said.”
Trump responded to Judge Gilliam hindering of The Border Wall on Twitter.
“Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!”
The Border Wall also addresses the counter-drug issue, but in a more permanent fashion. So it should be no big deal to get funding allocated for a counter-drug program to go to the border wall. This seems more like Dems meddling in the progress to better our border security. Better border security is a win for everyone. The Dems are so petty that they will hurt Americans just to spite Trump.
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