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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Appeals Court Blocks Trump's Border Wall in Arizona and New Mexico in National Emergency Challenge


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Arizona Border, whose migration route is now targeted by Trump's Border Wall.
The real national emergency is that the homeland of Indigenous People and wildlife is threatened by a xenophobic president. -- Censored News
July 3, 2019

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Appeals Court Blocks Trump’s Border Wall in National Emergency Challenge

The Appeals Court decision includes halting Trump's priority plan for a border wall at Organ Pipe National Monument, near the western side of the Tohono Oodham Nation, on the Arizona border

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court today denied the government’s attempt to begin construction of President Trump’s border wall using funds unauthorized by Congress. The ruling upholds an earlier district court order that blocks the administration from building wall sections along the southern border in New Mexico and Arizona using illegally diverted military funds.



“Congress and now two courts have said no border wall funds. For the sake of our democracy and border communities, it’s time the president come to terms with the fact that America rejected his xenophobic wall — and move on,” said Dror Ladin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, who argued the case before the appeals court.

In upholding the district court’s ruling, the appeals court stated: “no congressional action permits Defendants to use those funds to construct border barriers,” and that the Administration’s “attempt to reprogram and spend these funds therefore violates the Appropriations Clause and intrudes on Congress’s exclusive power of the purse.” The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) challenging the president’s abuse of emergency powers to secure border wall funds Congress denied.

“Today’s ruling protects our fundamental democratic processes, our communities, and our environment against this President's abuses of power,” said Gloria Smith, Managing Attorney at the Sierra Club. “We've seen the damage that the ever-expanding border wall has inflicted on communities and the environment for decades. Walls divide neighborhoods, worsen dangerous flooding, destroy lands and wildlife, and waste resources that should instead be used on the infrastructure border communities truly need.”

The ACLU, Sierra Club, and SBCC’s lawsuit argues the president is usurping Congress’s appropriations power and violating the clearly defined separation of powers inscribed in the Constitution. The border wall project — if carried out as directed under the president’s emergency proclamation — would cause irreparable harm to the environment and communities living at the border. The ruling does not block ongoing wall construction in South Texas using funds allocated by Congress.

“We are pleased to see the court uphold the foundation of our democracy by denying the Trump Administration’s appeal,” said Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC). “President Trump’s overreach in attempting to build deadly and wasteful walls in our region — walls that greatly diminish public safety and our quality of life, walls that threaten our diverse wildlife — will not stand, and we will continue to fight for the southern border region.”

The Sierra Club and SBCC have members who live in, protect, and treasure the lands that the Trump administration has targeted for the construction.

More from Censored News:
Court document
ARGUMENT 
BORDER WALLS PROVED INEFFECTIVE AT DETERRING IMMIGRATION AND CREATED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS



Para Distribución Inmediata
3 de Julio, 2019
Contacto: Javier Sierra, javier.sierra@sierraclub.org, 703.927.4750
Corte de Apelaciones Bloquea el Muro de Trump en un Pleito sobre Su Emergencia Nacional
San Francisco, CA — Una corte federal negó hoy el intento del gobierno de empezar la construcción del muro de Donald Trump usando fondos no autorizados por el Congreso. La decisión confirma el dictamen de una corte inferior que bloquea los planes de la administración de construir secciones del muro a lo largo de la frontera sur en Nuevo México y Arizona usando fondos militares obtenidos ilegalmente.
“El Congreso y ahora dos cortes han rechazado los fondos para el muro. Por el bien de nuestra democracia y las comunidades fronterizas, ya es hora de que el presidente se dé cuenta de que el país ha rechazado su muro xenofóbico y de que se olvide de él”, dijo Dror Ladin, abogado del Proyecto de Seguridad Nacional de la Unión de Libertades Civiles (ACLU), quién argumentó el caso ante la corte de apelaciones.
La querella de la ACLU, el Sierra Club y la Coalición de Comunidades Fronterizas del Sur argumentó que el presidente trató de usurpar el poder de apropiación del Congreso y violó la clara separación de poderes consagrada en la Constitución.
“La decisión de hoy protege los procesos democráticos fundamentales, a las comunidades y el medio ambiente contra los abusos de poder del presidente”, dijo Gloria Smith, abogada del Sierra Club. “Ya hemos visto el daño que estas crecientes barreras han causado a las comunidades y el medio ambiente durante décadas. Los muros dividen barrios, empeoran las inundaciones, destruyen terrenos y fauna, y malgastan recursos que se deberían usar para infraestructuras que la frontera realmente necesita”.
Sobre el Sierra Club:
El Sierra Club es la mayor y más antigua organización ambiental de base en Estados Unidos que cuenta con más de 3,5 millones de miembros y seguidores. Además de proteger el derecho de todos de disfrutar de los poderes curativos de la naturaleza, el Sierra Club se esfuerza en promocionar la energía limpia, salvaguardar la salud de nuestras comunidades, proteger la vida silvestre, y preservar los restantes parajes naturales por medio de activismo de base, educación pública, cabildeo y en las cortes. 


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