A federal judge in California ruled against the Trump administration on Friday in two different cases, ultimately preventing $2.5 billion in federal funds from being used for a border wall in portions of California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.
In the first case, US District Court for Northern California ruled in favor of a challenge to President Donald Trump’s attempt to move billions from the Defense Department budget toward building a border wall in El Centro, California, and New Mexico.
Trump’s move was done as part of his national emergency declaration in February. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the lawsuit, joined by 16 states, soon afterward.
Becerra celebrated the ruling Friday, which he said permanently stops the administration from proceeding with construction on the wall.
“These rulings critically stop President Trump’s illegal money grab to divert $2.5 billion of unauthorized funding for his pet project,” Becerra said. “All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state. President Trump said he didn’t have to do this and that he would be unsuccessful in court. Today we proved that statement true.”
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.
Judge Haywood Gilliam determined in the ruling that “no new factual or legal arguments persuade the Court that its analysis” in May to block funds from going to a border wall is incorrect. As a result, “plaintiffs’ likelihood of success on the merits has ripened into actual success,” he added.
In a second lawsuit against the administration brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Gilliam ruled against the administration a second time.
He ruled that the administration was instructed to keep from “taking any action to construct a border barrier” in Texas and Arizona with $1 billion of the funding.
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