The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday, June 26 ruled that the Trump administration’s use of Pentagon funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is illegal.
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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.
On July 12, the government filed an application before the Supreme Court for a stay pending appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Trump v. Sierra Club, concerning the president’s use of military funds to construct his wall along the southern border. The government argues that the district court’s decision to grant an injunction was based on a misreading of the relevant statutory text and that the plaintiffs lack standing to challenge the policy.
Several parties have sued the federal government in connection with the Trump administration's decision to repurpose funds to build a wall along the southern border pursuant to a national emergency declaration.
House v. Mnuchin (District of Columbia)