The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco, California He decided this Friday that the president Donald Trump does not have the authority to allocate military funds to the construction of a Wall along the border with Mexico.
The ruling also rejected the Trump administration’s argument that no one had the authority to oppose the $ 2.5 billion transfer of military funds, upholding the order previously issued by a district court.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Coalition of Communities on the Southern Border.
“This ruling was a victory for the rule of law, the environment and the Fornterian communities,” said Dror Ladin, a lawyer attached to the ACLU National Security Project. “We will return to the Supreme Court to finally stop this destructive wall.”
The Supreme Court A year ago, he allowed the construction of the wall to begin, but he has not decided definitively.
He Congress He has not approved funds for the construction of the wall, one of Trump’s main promises during his electoral campaign.
Ladin wrote in the magazine The Atlantic that the funds related to this ruling are $ 2.5 billion that were originally in salaries and pensions for military personnel, the discarding of chemical weapons and support for allied forces in Afghanistan.
The plaintiffs alleged that the federal government is authorized to divert military funds only to meet “unforeseen military needs.”
In March of this year, a 19 state coalition He filed a similar lawsuit to prevent the diversion of military funds.