The media really had a field day with this one. President Trump was facing lawsuits from a bunch of do-gooder environmental activists who were joining forces with California to try and block the border wall from going up. The idea was that the administration was ignoring a whole slew of laws by waiving environmental reviews prior to construction; many liberals have claimed that the border wall would disrupt bird migration and other foolishness that just happens to coincide with their opposition to enforcing immigration law.
But that’s not what got the media’s attention. No, they were hoping to see the judge come down hard on the White House. Why? Because the presiding judge was none other than Gonzalo Curiel, the man who also sat for the Trump University fraud case during the campaign. As you may remember, then-candidate Trump said he couldn’t be fair in the case because of his Mexican heritage, inspiring everyone and their brother – including Paul Ryan – to denounce Trump once again as a racist. Even though what he said had some undeniable truth to it.
On the subject, it’s funny how Democrats always treat Hispanics and other ethnic groups like an ideological monolith when it comes to voting and getting “free from oppression,” but if anyone else makes the same point, they’re suddenly a Klan member. It’s interesting, is all.
Anyway, this story is significant because Curiel came down with his decision on Tuesday and guess what? Mexicans apparently CAN think for themselves!
From the Associated Press:
A judge who was taunted by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign sided with the president Tuesday on a challenge to building a border wall with Mexico, removing what could have been a major obstacle to the signature campaign pledge.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel rejected arguments by the state of California and advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction can begin. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit said a 2005 a law that gave the Homeland Security secretary broad authority to waive the reviews had expired.
“Big legal win today,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “U.S. judge sided with the Trump Administration and rejected the attempt to stop the government from building a great Border Wall on the Southern Border. Now this important project can go forward!”
So if a judge that was personally attacked by Trump in the campaign can find his way to the correct legal decision, you really have to wonder what the problem is in courtrooms like the 9th Circuit. In any event, hat tip to Judge Curiel, who would have probably enjoyed slapping the Trump administration down with this ruling. He chose to follow the law instead.
Liberal judges all over the country should heed his example.