A federal judge has denied a request by a group of Mexican immigrants to halt construction of a Trump-era border wall.
The group of people, including immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, filed a lawsuit in San Francisco last week seeking a temporary restraining order to stop construction of the $1.6 billion wall that the president signed into law last year.
The government is expected to begin constructing the wall later this year.
Immigration advocates and the San Francisco district attorney’s office declined to comment.
The groups lawsuit argues that the wall is a national security threat, because it is likely to cause a surge in illegal immigration and other crimes.
The lawsuit also argues that Trump’s immigration policy “will create a serious threat of mass deportation.”
The group’s lawyers are also asking the judge to issue a temporary injunction blocking the wall construction.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump plans to begin construction of Trump’s border wall on May 1.