According to new reports, a federal judge heard arguments in two ongoing lawsuits against President Trump’s plan to construct the border wall using Pentagon funding, and is expected to issue a ruling next week.
US District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. is now set to rule on two lawsuits coming from a coalition of states dedicated to obstructing President Trump’s efforts to increase border security, as well as another suit from the ACLU.
Throughout the duration of Trump’s presidency, his attempts to bolster security at the US-Mexico border amid increasing surges of illegal migrants have been repeatedly met with opposition from Democrat-controlled states and left-wing activist groups.
Gilliam was appointed by former President Obama.
President Donald Trump is moving fast to build a wall on the Mexico border with billions of dollars secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts.
On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to block the White House from spending money from the Defense and Treasury departments for the project.
California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the other.
The plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. to block the shifting of funds and construction on the wall. They want a quick decision, arguing that some of the Pentagon-funded projects could begin in eight days.
Gilliam said he will issue a decision next week.
In another case, a federal judge in Washington on Thursday will consider a bid by the House to prevent Trump from spending any Defense Department money for a border wall.
At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make major progress on his signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.
The president’s adversaries say the emergency declaration was an illegal attempt to ignore Congress, which authorized far less wall spending than Trump wanted.