Federal judge declares Trump border proclamation unlawful
“Our Founders were wise enough to anticipate that danger and created a strong separation of powers to prevent that from happening here,” Parker added. “Today’s ruling vindicates the Founders’ wisdom and confirms that the president is not a king, and that he cannot override Congress’s power to decide how to appropriate funds.”
The White House and Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump prompted a bipartisan backlash when he issued the proclamation in February, shortly after he signed a spending bill passed by Congress that did not raise the border funds he had requested.
The order directed the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to divert funds Congress approved for other uses towards border security.
“The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency,” Trump said in the proclamation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) condemned the move at the time, accusing the president of pulling an unconstitutional “power grab” by making up a crisis that doesn’t exist.
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