President Donald Trump will soon be facing the resistance head on. This round contested in a California federal court. The ACLU, along with Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), filed suit on Friday. These groups are now suing the Trump administration over a plan to allocate an additional $3.8 billion in Department of Defense (DOD) funding for his border wall.
“The president is doubling down on his unlawful scheme to raid taxpayer funds for a xenophobic campaign promise that is destroying national treasures, harming the environment, and desecrating tribal lands,” ACLU attorney Dror Ladin said.
That follows a highly controversial move where DOD notified Congress this month that it would transfer an additional $3.8 billion to be used for the wall.
A report by The Hill today expressed:
Last year, President Trump declared a national emergency and announced that he would reallocate Defense Department funds to construction of the border wall after Congress did not allocate as much money as he wanted for the project in the federal budget.
Following that move, several groups accused the president of overreach. The Sierra Club, ACLU and SBCC sued the Trump administration over that decision.
The Supreme Court ruled last year that the administration could start using military funds for construction at the border, overturning a prior ruling that halted the use of those funds while litigation continues.
As a written statement would claim DHS (Department of Homeland Security) “has identified areas along the southern border of the United States that are being used by individuals, groups, and transnational criminal organizations as drug smuggling corridors, and determined that the construction of additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border is necessary in order to impede and deny drug smuggling activities.”
The current legal action argues Trump and his people “acted to circumvent Congress’s exclusive control over appropriations,” in addition that “will have devastating effects on the environment.”
While Sierra Club managing attorney Gloria Smith stated, “The Trump administration’s illegal transfer of billions of dollars for wall construction has created a disaster in the borderlands.”
“The destruction of cultural sites, Tribal burial grounds, endangered species, protected cacti and water resources shows that Trump will stop at nothing for this wall — not irreplaceable resources nor the Constitution,” she announced.
This border war likely being waged to a most bitter end.