Federal Judge Blocks $3.6 Billion Transfer To Mexican Border Wall
By Bill Galluccio
December 11, 2019
A federal judge from Texas has issued an injunction barring the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion marked for military construction to build part of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Judge David Briones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled in October that the plaintiffs in the case had legal standing to sue the administration and told them to file for an injunction, which he granted in a 21-page decision.
The ruling is a major setback for President Donald Trump as he tries to complete his promise to build 450 miles of the border wall by the 2020 election.
Trump will still be able to use $2.5 billion from a Pentagon counter-narcotics fund to pay for the construction. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in November that 83 miles of the border wall had been built under Trump and that another 153 miles of the wall is currently under construction.
"President Trump has been clear," Wolf said. "We will build the wall, and he is following through on his promise."
The Justice Department is planning to appeal the ruling.
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