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Nationwide Injunction Blocks Trump's Diversion of Military Money for Border Wall

December 11, 2019 (1 min read)

Travis Bubenik, CNS, Dec. 10, 2019

"A federal judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s plan to use $3.6 billion in military construction money to build the president’s long-promised border wall.

The decision followed a previous ruling in a lawsuit brought by a West Texas county and an advocacy group, which determined that the president’s national emergency declaration at the southern border in February was “unlawful.”

U.S. District Judge David Briones ruled in October that the administration’s attempt to spend more than $6 billion in Department of Defense funds for the wall project violated the will of Congress, which only approved $1.375 billion for limited border barrier construction in South Texas.

“Because Defendant’s actions are unlawful and the people’s representatives – Congress – declined to augment the border wall budget as Defendants attempt, the public interest would be served by halting them,” Briones wrote in Tuesday’s order."