Southern Calif. Judge Criticized by Pres. Trump to Rule on Border Wall Case

FILE – This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego. Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel was berated by Donald Trump for his handling of lawsuits alleging fraud at now-defunct Trump University. Curiel will hear arguments Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in a lawsuit that could block construction of a border wall with Mexico, or at least cause major delays. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat, File)

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UPDATED 12:43 PM PT — Fri. February 9, 2018

A California judge who President Trump criticized during his campaign is set to hear a case regarding the construction of his border wall.

San Diego District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel is reviewing the case Friday, which is being brought on by the state.

The plaintiffs argue the Trump administration is violating the law by not conducting an environmental review for the wall.

However, the federal government says a 1996 immigration law allows them to waive environmental laws in order to build the wall.

During the 2016 fraud case against Trump University, President Trump accused the Mexican-American judge of being biased against him.

Curiel is also a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which reportedly supports pro-illegal immigrant groups.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the U.S. District Court shows Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Curiel was berated by Donald Trump for his handling of lawsuits alleging fraud at now-defunct Trump University. He will hear arguments Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in a lawsuit that could block construction of a border wall with Mexico, or at least cause major delays. (U.S. District Court via AP, File)