The Trump administration is continuing its full-court press on the southern border issue. The Justice Department is working to allow the construction of two border wall areas in Arizona and Texas.
On Monday, DOJ attorneys said, “the preliminary injunction issued last month by a federal judge in Oakland threatens to derail the construction by delaying the projects past the end of the fiscal year in September.”
DOJ attorneys gave strong reasons as to why the injunction was such a threat.
“The injunction threatens to permanently deprive [the Department of Defense] of its authorization to use the funds at issue to complete the El Paso and Yuma projects because the funding will likely lapse during the appeal’s pendency.”
On May 24 a U.S. district judge granted the injunction stating that the administration’s plan to use $1 billion was an unauthorized use of government funds because it was directly tied to an “unforeseen” emergency.
Congress approved of the Trump administration’s request for southern border construction in the amount of $1.4 billion. The administration had originally wanted $81 billion for border construction and security.
Groups like the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition continue to say southern wall construction hurts the environment and harms wildlife.
DOJ attorneys said, “The court seriously misweighed the balance of harms. Plaintiffs interests in hiking, birdwatching, and fishing – in two drug-smuggling corridors with deteriorating existing barriers – do not come close to outweighing the harm from interfering with efforts to stop the flow of drugs entering the country.”
Last week a caravan group of more than 1,000 were taken into custody in Texas after crossing the border illegally according to the Washington Examiner.
Yesterday, Border Patrol agents apprehended the largest group of illegal aliens ever: 1,036 people who illegally crossed the border in El Paso around 4am. Democrats need to stand by our incredible Border Patrol and finally fix the loopholes at our Border! pic.twitter.com/6K1rIUzorM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
Apprehensions continue to overwhelm border patrol unlike it has in previous years. Apprehensions statistics can be viewed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website here.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.