Attorney General Becerra Praises Ninth Circuit Ruling Maintaining Injunction Blocking Construction of Border Wall
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement regarding a Ninth Circuit Court decision denying the Trump Administration’s emergency motion for stay and allowing a district court order blocking construction of the border wall in California, New Mexico, and Arizona to stay in place while appeal proceedings continue.
“Today, once again, the court has rejected President Trump’s attempted illegal money grab to build an unnecessary border wall,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The President is not above the law and can’t ignore our country’s constitutional and democratic principles just to protect his own vanity.”
On May 24, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition to stop funding for the construction of the wall in New Mexico. On June 28, 2019, the court granted in part California’s and New Mexico’s motion for partial summary judgment and found unlawful the Trump Administration’s diversion of funding for construction of a border wall in California and New Mexico. In a related proceeding, Sierra Club, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al. the district court also granted in part Sierra Club’s motion for partial summary judgment and permanently enjoined the Trump Administration from proceeding.
A copy of decision can be found here.