Executive Power

Federal Judge Rules Trump Cannot Spend Emergency Funds on Border Wall

By Jacob Schulz
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 11:30 AM

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that President Donald Trump's border wall emergency proclamation, which gave the adminstration the ability to use funding for other activities to pay for construction of the border wall, was unlawful. The ruling also permanently enjoined the heads of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior and the Treasury Department from using emergency construction funds for the wall other than those appropriated by Congress in the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The ruling can be found here and below.