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Sorry, House, looks like the wall is going forward with funds from the military and other pots – despite your lawsuit to block the president from doing his job. reports with headline and byline, “DC Judge Throws out House Suit over Trump’s Use of Military Funds for Border by Solange Reyner,” written Monday, June 3.

The story says, “A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday said the U.S. House of Representatives lacks the standing to sue the Trump administration over its use of military funds for funding along the U.S.-Mexico border, Fox News reports.

“‘While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the Executive Branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority,’ wrote U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden of the District of Columbia.

“‘The Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the House’s claims and will deny its motion.’”

For background on the decision, the story continues, “Trump declared a national emergency in February in an attempt to secure more funding to build a barrier, a move that resulted in roughly $6 billion from the Pentagon’s budget and $600 million from the Treasury Department being shifted over to use for the barrier.

“The House asked a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the president from using the funds, calling the expenditures unconstitutional.

“A judge in California issued the injunction, stating the administration had likely overstepped its statutory authority.”

Besides what Trump can move inside the budget, individuals interested in building the wall are also raising funds. Fox 8 in New Mexico reported on a 7-year-old young man raising $22,000 in funds from hot chocolate sales after he watched the State of the Union address. 

That money joining other money raised privately, some by Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee war veteran who started a GoFundMe account that raised reportedly $20 million for the wall. The money was returned to donors because it came during the government shutdown and a promised deadline was not hit but, nevertheless, that much money was raised.

The reported that 39 miles of wall have been built under the Trump presidency. It explained, “Congress in 2017 approved 40 miles of new and replacement wall. By next month, those 40 miles of construction in San Diego, Calif.; Santa Teresa, N.M.; Calexico, Calif.; and El Paso, Texas, will be completed.

“In the 2018 omnibus, lawmakers also approved around 70 miles of new and replacement wall in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, various regions of California, and Yuma, Ariz. To date, less than one mile has been installed.

“No other projects have been awarded with fiscal 2019 money that was approved in February though (Todd) Semonite has claimed the Corps will put up 450 miles of wall in the next year and a half.”

Estimates of miles of wall built are mixed with 2,000 miles of border that needs to be bolstered. Adding the new miles of fence to what previous administrations built would add up to approximately 700 miles of border fence in place.

Six billion dollars from the Pentagon budget will build a lot of wall, in spite of the House and liberal judges. Maybe with Trump’s initiative, we can get a handle on the illegal immigration problem America faces and work on new legislation to make immigration smoother and fairer for all who want to make this country their home.

Jackie Taylor

Linn County News publisher


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