Trump Gets Bad Decisions, Another Resignation, in Frantic Friday

  • Federal judges struck down two Trump orders— his declaration of an emergency and a rule targeting legal immigrants— on Friday.
  • Kevin McAleenan, Trump's fourth Secretary of Homeland Security, also announced his resignation.
  • A federal court ruled Congress has the right to obtain seven years of financial records from President Trump.

A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.

The National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States was declared by President Trump on February 15, 2019. Citing the National Emergencies Act, Trump ordered the diversion of billions of dollars of funds that had been appropriated to the U.S. Department of Defense for military construction to a wall on the southern border.

In his decision, through a preliminary order, the judge questioned the reasons behind the declaration of emergency at the border made by Trump last February. Last month, the Department of Defense announced the cancellation of several projects due to Trump’s diversion of funds for financing the wall. These projects would have occurred at military bases, at a cost of $3.6 billion.

Trump received a second judicial blow on Friday as well. Two federal judges issued decisions blocking a controversial order targeting legal immigrants on public benefits. The magistrate of the Southern District of New York, George B. Daniels, ruled that the rule, which would have come into force on October 15, cannot be implemented. The ruling follows lawsuits from New York, Connecticut and Vermont, as well as the city of New York. As reported by New York State Prosecutor Letitia James, with this “blockade,” it has been allowed to curb a rule that would have a “devastating effect on New Yorkers.”

The judge of the District Court for Northern California, Phyllis J. Hamilton, also ruled in favor of the petition made by a set of plaintiffs that include the Golden State, Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the city of San Francisco, and La Raza Clinic, in which they requested an order to stop the implementation of the new rule.

The Secretary of Homeland Security resigns

Kevin McAleenan is an American attorney and former acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security. He also serves as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner.

Also on Friday, Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, resigned. Trump wrote on Twitter about McAleenan’s resignation: “Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down. Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector…”

Trump announced the resignation of his interim Homeland Security secretary, who has been leading the government’s immigration and border policy in recent months. McAleenan, who before assuming this position had served as head of the Border Patrol, has been Trump’s fourth Homeland Security Secretary in less than three years at the White House.

Here’s McAleenan’s statement on Twitter: “I want to thank the President for the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security.  With his support, over the last 6 months, we have made tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis we faced this year…”

Finally, a federal court also ruled Friday that the US Congress has the right to obtain seven years of financial records from President Trump. He now has as a last option the possibility of resorting to the Supreme Court if he wants to prevent that from happening.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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