"Basically back in February, as we all remember, following the longest government shutdown we've ever had, the president said, all right, I'm not happy with the amount of money Congress gave for the wall. I'm going to declare a national emergency and add many billions of dollars from monies that were given to service members and their families and other military projects. We're going to take billions from that and just put it towards this wall that Congress refused to fund. And so we were here today to ask the court to put a stop to that and make it so that they can't use any of that money to build this wall that Congress has not authorized it."
Donna, Texas - 7 November 2019
4. New border wall sections under construction
5. Crane and new wall sections
6. Border patrol officers standing in front of new border wall sections
"And so we're arguing that the president has no authority to do this. I mean since the country was founded, it was founded on the principle that the people's representatives control spending. And that is the way that we're safeguarded from the executive undertaking any number of things, whether it's wars or building a wall that the communities on the border don't want and opposed and that Congress didn't want. So it's really a fundamental separation of powers question."
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Oakland to block President Donald Trump from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, claim that President
Trump is abusing emergency powers to obtain border wall funds that Congress denied.
"We were here today to ask the court to put a stop to that and make it so that they can't use any of that money to build this wall that Congress has not authorized it," ACLU staff attorney Dror Ladin said outside the courthouse after the hearing.
U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam is expected to issue a ruling sometime in the next few weeks, said Ladin.
The Trump administration identified the $3.6 billion in military construction funds when he declared a national emergency in February, following a 35-day federal government shutdown.
The same district court previously blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding to build the wall. The Trump administration appealed that decision to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard arguments in the case last week.
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