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A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to spend billions to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with Defense Department funds.

U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam’s ruling applies to wall construction in specific areas in El Paso, Texas and Yuma, Arizona. Trump declared a national emergency in February to redirect funding from the Department of Defense to begin construction of his long-promised border wall.

“In short, the position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds “without Congress” does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” wrote Gilliam, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama.

In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, two Honduran men pose as a photographer, at left, takes their picture after the group climbed the border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, before climbing back down on the Mexican side, seen from San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, two Honduran men pose as a photographer, at left, takes their picture after the group climbed the border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, before climbing back down on the Mexican side, seen from San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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The move was a workaround Congress, which had not given in to his demands to fund the barrier. The wall has been Trump’s signature promise. Gilliam’s ruling doesn’t prevent the Trump administration from using other sources to fund the wall.

He said Trump’s plan to divert Pentagon funds for border-wall construction was unconstitutional because the argument White House relied on applied to unforeseen needs, Politico reported.

“Defendants’ argument that the need for the requested border barrier construction funding was ‘unforeseen’ cannot logically be squared with the Administration’s multiple requests for funding for exactly that purpose dating back to at least early 2018,” the Obama nominee wrote.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Trump declared the national emergency after a stand-off between him and Democrats over border wall funding resulted in the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Around 20 states, environmental groups and civil liberties groups sued the administration to halt plans for the wall.

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“This order is a win for our system of checks and balances, the rule of law, and border communities,” Dror Ladin, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, said in a statement. “The court blocked all the wall projects currently slated for immediate construction. If the administration begins illegally diverting additional military funds, we’ll be back in court to block that as well.”

The ACLU filed a motion on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition to block wall construction.

This is a developing story. Check back with Fox News for updates.

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The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security is disputing accusations that U.S. authorities are continuing to separate children from their families.

“First of all, that is not happening. We’re separating children in maybe one case a day out of the 3,000 families arriving,” Kevin McAleenan said Thursday in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It’s very rare,” he added. “It’s for the safety of the child first and foremost.”

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McAleenan, 47, a native of Hawaii, was appointed to DHS by President Trump in April, after the departure of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He previously served as a commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a unit of DHS.

On Thursday’s show, McAleenan responded to a clip of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski talking about family separations on Thursday morning.

“This is our responsibility as a country and as a nation,” Brzezinski said. “We are not being given answers as to what is happening to small, young children, to teenagers, to girls, to boys [who were] being taken away from their families, from their parents and left alone in our custody.”

McAleenan also discussed his recent appearances on Capitol Hill asking for funding, including a hearing where Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., asked him about the effects of separating children from their families at the border. She closed by claiming that children in U.S. custody were living in poor conditions and alluded to news reports that several children in U.S. custody had died.

McAleenan told Ingraham that he objected to Underwood’s depiction of the situation.

“It’s a sad state of affairs in our politics but we have an actual crisis and we have solutions on the table and clarity of what the men and women on the border need from Congress and yet that is the kind of thing we are hearing,” McAleenan said.

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McAleenan also spoke about illnesses afflicting migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are seeing younger children arriving sicker every single day. We had an H1N1 outbreak yesterday at McAllen [Texas] station, the infectious disease with the teenager who passed away on Monday. It looks like he had the flu, a very virulent strain of the flu, H1N1. We have seen measles, we’ve seen mumps, folks in ICE custody that are quarantined due to mumps. It’s a tremendous challenge,” McAleenan said, adding that the situation with smugglers exacerbates the illnesses.

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The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security is disputing accusations that U.S. authorities are continuing to separate children from their families.

“First of all, that is not happening. We’re separating children in maybe one case a day out of the 3,000 families arriving,” Kevin McAleenan said Thursday in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It’s very rare,” he added. “It’s for the safety of the child first and foremost.”

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK AFTER TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

McAleenan, 47, a native of Hawaii, was appointed to DHS by President Trump in April, after the departure of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He previously served as a commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a unit of DHS.

On Thursday’s show, McAleenan responded to a clip of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski talking about family separations on Thursday morning.

“This is our responsibility as a country and as a nation,” Brzezinski said. “We are not being given answers as to what is happening to small, young children, to teenagers, to girls, to boys [who were] being taken away from their families, from their parents and left alone in our custody.”

McAleenan also discussed his recent appearances on Capitol Hill asking for funding, including a hearing where Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., asked him about the effects of separating children from their families at the border. She closed by claiming that children in U.S. custody were living in poor conditions and alluded to news reports that several children in U.S. custody had died.

McAleenan told Ingraham that he objected to Underwood’s depiction of the situation.

“It’s a sad state of affairs in our politics but we have an actual crisis and we have solutions on the table and clarity of what the men and women on the border need from Congress and yet that is the kind of thing we are hearing,” McAleenan said.

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McAleenan also spoke about illnesses afflicting migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are seeing younger children arriving sicker every single day. We had an H1N1 outbreak yesterday at McAllen [Texas] station, the infectious disease with the teenager who passed away on Monday. It looks like he had the flu, a very virulent strain of the flu, H1N1. We have seen measles, we’ve seen mumps, folks in ICE custody that are quarantined due to mumps. It’s a tremendous challenge,” McAleenan said, adding that the situation with smugglers exacerbates the illnesses.

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An investigation into one woman’s report of a sex assault led to the arrest of a border patrol agent in Arizona this week — and allegations the man assaulted several other women during a seven-year span.

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of sexual assault and three counts of aggravated assault, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Tucson News Now.

Prosecutors allege Holmes sexually assaulted multiple women between January 2012 and January 2019.

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five felony counts of assault. 

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five felony counts of assault.  (Tucson Police Department)

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The initial investigation into Holmes began last week when a woman told investigators with the Tucson Police Department that she was sexually assaulted while on a date with a man she met using an online dating app, KOLD reported.

Holmes was soon identified as a suspect and, as investigators dug further, other allegations began to arise.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately return Fox News’ request for a comment but, in a statement provided to KOLD, the agency said that Holmes had been an agent at the Tucson Station for seven years and would be placed on “administrative duties” pending the outcome of the investigation.

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“The U.S. Border Patrol stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of its mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on, or off duty, and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged misconduct by our personnel,” the statement read.

A search for Holmes in the Prima County Jail records showed he was being held on a $25,000 bond as of Thursday.

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An investigation into one woman’s report of a sex assault led to the arrest of a border patrol agent in Arizona this week — and allegations the man assaulted several other women during a seven-year span.

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of sexual assault and three counts of aggravated assault, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Tucson News Now.

Prosecutors allege Holmes sexually assaulted multiple women between January 2012 and January 2019.

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five felony counts of assault. 

Steven Charles Holmes, 33, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five felony counts of assault.  (Tucson Police Department)

NYPD OFFICER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH PLOT TO HIRE HITMAN TO KILL ESTRANGED HUSBAND AND BOYFRIEND’S DAUGHTER

The initial investigation into Holmes began last week when a woman told investigators with the Tucson Police Department that she was sexually assaulted while on a date with a man she met using an online dating app, KOLD reported.

Holmes was soon identified as a suspect and, as investigators dug further, other allegations began to arise.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately return Fox News’ request for a comment but, in a statement provided to KOLD, the agency said that Holmes had been an agent at the Tucson Station for seven years and would be placed on “administrative duties” pending the outcome of the investigation.

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“The U.S. Border Patrol stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of its mission. We do not tolerate misconduct on, or off duty, and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged misconduct by our personnel,” the statement read.

A search for Holmes in the Prima County Jail records showed he was being held on a $25,000 bond as of Thursday.

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It is Congress‘ responsibility to “step up” and provide proper funding for the Border Patrol’s processing duties, a top official said.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd called on Congress to do more during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, saying that routine overcrowding and the inability for his agents to hold migrants “without proper facilities” for the long term could further complicate the situation at the border.

The comments come one day after border agents temporarily closed a Texas processing center in the wake of a migrant teen’s death.

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK AFTER TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

“If we don’t have Congress step up to give us the funding that we need, we’re going to continue to see these issues arise, and continue to have serious tragedies while they’re in our custody,” Judd said.

Host Eric Shawn asked Judd if the death of the 16-year-old from Guatemala is a sign of a “potential health crisis” at the border.

“Absolutely,” Judd said, adding that he is scheduled to work at the same McAllen, Texas, center later on Wednesday. “We’re seeing overcrowding like we’ve never seen before.”

The teen migrant died from complications from influenza and became the fifth minor to die after being placed in U.S. custody since December.

Judd called the “five too many” deaths “not acceptable.”

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“When you have overcrowding of people and you are holding people in custody for six days… without showers and without proper facilities – bedding facilities and so on and so forth, you’re going to have problems like this,” Judd said.

“ICE can’t take them off of our hands because they don’t have the bed spaces,” Judd said of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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It is Congress‘ responsibility to “step up” and provide proper funding for the Border Patrol’s processing duties, a top official said.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd called on Congress to do more during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, saying that routine overcrowding and the inability for his agents to hold migrants “without proper facilities” for the long term could further complicate the situation at the border.

The comments come one day after border agents temporarily closed a Texas processing center in the wake of a migrant teen’s death.

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK AFTER TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

“If we don’t have Congress step up to give us the funding that we need, we’re going to continue to see these issues arise, and continue to have serious tragedies while they’re in our custody,” Judd said.

Host Eric Shawn asked Judd if the death of the 16-year-old from Guatemala is a sign of a “potential health crisis” at the border.

“Absolutely,” Judd said, adding that he is scheduled to work at the same McAllen, Texas, center later on Wednesday. “We’re seeing overcrowding like we’ve never seen before.”

The teen migrant died from complications from influenza and became the fifth minor to die after being placed in U.S. custody since December.

Judd called the “five too many” deaths “not acceptable.”

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“When you have overcrowding of people and you are holding people in custody for six days… without showers and without proper facilities – bedding facilities and so on and so forth, you’re going to have problems like this,” Judd said.

“ICE can’t take them off of our hands because they don’t have the bed spaces,” Judd said of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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It is Congress‘ responsibility to “step up” and provide proper funding for the Border Patrol’s processing duties, a top official said.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Wednesday on “America’s Newsroom” that routine overcrowding and the inability for his agents to hold migrants “without proper facilities” for the long term could further complicate the situation at the border.

The comments come one day after border agents temporarily closed a Texas processing center in the wake of a migrant teen’s death.

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK AFTER TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

“If we don’t have Congress step up to give us the funding that we need, we’re going to continue to see these issues arise, and continue to have serious tragedies while they’re in our custody,” Judd said.

Host Eric Shawn asked Judd if the death of the 16-year-old from Guatemala is a sign of a “potential health crisis” at the border.

“Absolutely,” Judd said, adding that he is scheduled to work at the same McAllen, Texas center later on Wednesday. “We’re seeing overcrowding like we’ve never seen before.”

The teen migrant died from complications from influenza and became the fifth minor to die after being placed in U.S. custody since December.

Judd called the “five too many” deaths “not acceptable.”

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“When you have overcrowding of people and you are holding people in custody for six days… without showers and without proper facilities – bedding facilities and so on and so forth, you’re going to have problems like this,” Judd said.

“ICE can’t take them off of our hands because they don’t have the bed spaces,” Judd said of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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It is Congress‘ responsibility to “step up” and provide proper funding for the Border Patrol’s processing duties, a top official said.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Wednesday on “America’s Newsroom” that routine overcrowding and the inability for his agents to hold migrants “without proper facilities” for the long term could further complicate the situation at the border.

The comments come one day after border agents temporarily closed a Texas processing center in the wake of a migrant teen’s death.

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK AFTER TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

“If we don’t have Congress step up to give us the funding that we need, we’re going to continue to see these issues arise, and continue to have serious tragedies while they’re in our custody,” Judd said.

Host Eric Shawn asked Judd if the death of the 16-year-old from Guatemala is a sign of a “potential health crisis” at the border.

“Absolutely,” Judd said, adding that he is scheduled to work at the same McAllen, Texas center later on Wednesday. “We’re seeing overcrowding like we’ve never seen before.”

The teen migrant died from complications from influenza and became the fifth minor to die after being placed in U.S. custody since December.

Judd called the “five too many” deaths “not acceptable.”

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“When you have overcrowding of people and you are holding people in custody for six days… without showers and without proper facilities – bedding facilities and so on and so forth, you’re going to have problems like this,” Judd said.

“ICE can’t take them off of our hands because they don’t have the bed spaces,” Judd said of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Following a discussion about a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in Customs and Border Protection custody this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Democrats need to act in order to prevent the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Hernandez Vásquez is the fifth Guatemalan child to die after being taken into custody at the border since December. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Sanders called Vasquez’s death an “absolutely horrible case” which is “exactly what the president … has been trying to prevent.”

“The president and his administration requested funding, supplemental funding just two weeks ago to help with the humanitarian crisis at the border,” she said. “Democrats have still failed to do that.”

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Others, including former acting ICE director Tom Homan and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have also called on Congress in recent days to “wake up” and act, and provide assistance to the “overwhelmed, overworked” border security officials.

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“Unfortunately, this problem is going to get worse before it gets better. If members of Congress and the Democrat party continue to refuse to acknowledge the problem and start to help us fix it, they have to work with us,” Sanders said on Wednesday.

Vasquez was determined to have died from the flu after crossing the border through Texas with about 70 other people last Monday. He was prescribed Tamiflu, according to CBS, but was not brought to the hospital and information was not available on how frequently his condition was checked.

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It is policy that unaccompanied minors be transferred from Border Patrol custody to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of their detainment, but Vasquez was held at a processing facility for six days before being transferred to the order Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas on Sunday, where he died. The center has since been temporarily closed.

Sanders argued that the Trump administration needs funding to be approved and loopholes in immigration law to be addressed by Congress so incidents like this can be avoided in the future.

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“We need that funding, we need to fix our laws and a broken system,” she said.

“We have to take away magnets that are putting people through this treacherous journey.”

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