Federal Judge Says CDC’s Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional, but Advocates Argue That Renters Are Still Protected

March 1, 2021

Federal Judge Says CDC’s Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional, but Advocates Argue That Renters Are Still Protected

Jacob Passy

A federal judge has delivered a potential blow to the national eviction moratorium first issued under the Trump administration.

J. Campbell Barker, federal district judge for the Eastern District of Texas who was nominated by President Trump, ruled that the powers granted to the federal government in the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce did not give it the authority to issue a national ban on evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.