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President Trump suffers a new setback in less than 24 hours by an opinion of a federal judge. The construction of the long-awaited wall of the president finds new obstacles. The federal judge also considered that Trump's plan to divert funds to finance the wall is also illegal.
A federal judge in Texas ruled that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by President Donald Trump is illegal, so his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of the border wall is also illegal.
Judge David Briones, of the Federal Court of the Western District in Texas, responded Friday to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, in conjunction with the Border Network for Human Rights organization, Efe said.
In his decision, the judge questions through a preliminary order the reasons behind the declaration of emergency at the border made by Trump last February.
Briones, a judge who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, also ruled in favor of the plaintiffs stating that the "reputation" of El Paso County is in danger, due to Trump's statements that the wall is necessary to curb the chaos and lack of law at the border.
For its part, the federal government argued that the plaintiffs do not have jurisdiction over this case, something that the judge rejected indicating that El Paso is part of the objective of the national emergency proclamation, issued by Trump after Congress refused to grant more funds for the extension of the wall when the fiscal budget was approved in January.
Last September and for the financing of the wall, the Department of Defense announced the cancellation of several projects that it would undertake in military bases at a cost of 3,600 million dollars.
Of these funds, 20 million diverted were originally destined for the Fort Bliss military base in El Paso County.
In February of this year, and during a rally in the border city of El Paso (Texas), Trump promised to "finish" the wall with Mexico, regardless of what the Democratic and Republican negotiators agreed in Congress.
Trump's official resignation
The president announced Friday the departure of his interim secretary of National Security, Kevin McAleenan, who has led the government's immigration and border policy in recent months.
“Kevin McAleenan has done an exceptional job as interim secretary of National Security. We have worked well together lowering border crossings. Now, after many years in the Government, Kevin wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector, ”Trump announced on Twitter.
“Congratulations on a job well done, Kevin! I will announce the new interim secretary next week. Many wonderful candidates! ”Added the president.
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Kevin McAleenan, who before assuming this position had served as head of the Border Patrol, has been Trump's fourth National Security Minister in less than three years at the White House.
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