Federal Judge in Texas blocks Trump administration from using Pentagon funds for The Wall

Judge David Briones of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas said Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot use military construction funds to build additional barriers on the southern border.

The lawsuit, brought by El Paso County, Texas, and Border Network for Human Rights, argued that President Donald Trump overstepped his authority when he issued a national emergency declaration to gain access to additional funds for his border wall, despite receiving $1.375 billion from Congress.

The complaint also alleges that the declaration doesn’t meet the National Emergencies Act’s definition of “emergency” and pushes back against Trump’s remarks that border barriers led to a drop in crime in El Paso.

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