Texas Judge Tees Up Block On Trump's $6.1B Wall Fund

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 3:11 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Friday teed up a block on the Trump administration’s planned diversion of $6.1 billion in defense funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ruling that President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border is unlawful.

U.S. District Judge David Briones said that Trump’s plan to divert the money flouts Congress’ decision to appropriate less than $1.4 billion for the wall, rejecting the administration’s argument that lawmakers didn’t intend to stop the White House from using other funds.

“Defendants' use of funds to build a border wall violates the Consolidated Appropriations Act,” the...

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