Federal judge says Trump’s use of emergency funds to build wall is unlawful

In January the president asked for $5.7 billion to build “a steel barrier for the Southwest border,” but Congress approved only $1.375 billion. In February, Trump declared a national emergency and ordered that money for Pentagon construction projects would be used instead for the wall.

Federal District Court Judge David Briones said the president’s order violated a provision of the budget law approved by Congress which said “none of the funds made available in this or any other appropriation may be used to increase” the funding for the wall project.

Judge Briones, who is a Clinton appointee, said “The president’s proclamation is unlawful.”

From NBC News

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