Texas Federal Court Declares President’s National Emergency Proclamation Unlawful and Blocks the Construction of US Border Wall
Today’s ruling is a major victory for border communities and confirmed that the national emergency declaration is invalid.
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EL PASO, Tx. – Fernando García, Executive Director of The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) released a statement today regarding a decision by a Texas federal judge that will block President Trump's US border wall.
“We are elated that Texas federal court sided with us in handing a judgment based on justice and common sense. This decision today will prevent the transfer of these funds by the Defense Department for the construction of this useless and illegal border wall. There is no emergency at the border. This action was based on a distortion of the reality on the ground. We, along with our partners, always knew that the use of military funds for the construction of a border wall was illegal and the law has come down on our side.”
US border wall background
In February 2019, El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s state of emergency declaration. The legal team that sought the injunction to block the emergency declaration also included Protect Democracy, former Acting Attorney General Stuart Gerson, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, the Niskanen Center, and the law firms of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
For more information about the US border wall case, visit EndTheEmergency.org.
The ruling and other case documents can be found at https://protectdemocracy.org/national-emergency-declaration/case-documents-national-emergency.