February 13, 2020

NEW YORK — The Trump administration today reportedly notified lawmakers that it would transfer an additional $3.8 billion in military funds for the president’s border wall.

Below is comment from Dror Ladin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, in response:

“Multiple courts have ruled that it is illegal for Trump to pillage military funds for his xenophobic border wall. Not one court has given his unlawful power grab the stamp of approval. We’ll be back in court to block these additional, unauthorized transfers.”

The ACLU will ask a federal court to block the additional transfers as part of its lawsuit, Sierra Club v. Trump, on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. The lawsuit challenges President Trump’s abuse of emergency powers to secure border wall funds Congress, exercising its constitutional powers, explicitly denied.

As the Sierra Club and SBCC long warned would happen, construction of President Trump’s border wall is currently desecrating ancestral and burial lands, destroying protected landscapes, and threatening wildlife.

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