He sentenced in two lawsuits, one filed by California on behalf of 20 states and one filed by the ACLU on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. Constitutional questions were invoqued. The judge also found that the groups suing to block use of military funds for the wall would suffer “irreparable harm” over border wall construction because it “will harm their ability to recreate in and otherwise enjoy public land along the border.” The judge on Friday partially ruled in the states’ favor, but determined that they did not reach the bar needed for him to issue a permanent injunction in that case.
President Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in order to divert roughly $6 billion in Defense Department funds toward border wall construction. “These rulings critically stop President Trump’s illegal money grab to divert $2.5 billion of unauthorized funding for his pet project,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra declared.