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Court Rules Trump Use of Military Funds to Build the Wall is Unlawful

Trump can't shift $2.5 million in funding Congress allocated to the military to build his border wall

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Trump administration does not have the authority to use military funding to pay for the construction of the border wall. 

In a 2-1 ruling, the court found that it was unconstitutional to divert $2.5 billion from the military that had already been appropriate by Congress. It found that the administration “lacked independent constitutional authority to authorize the transfer of funds,” because the Congress had directed the funds to be used for a particular purpose.  

Much of the $2.5 billion has already been awarded in contracts to different firms who have begun construction, with Trump making it a central plank of his reelection campaign.

Trump had declared a national emergency at the border last year to divert military funds for the wall after Democrats refused to allocate funds for the border wall in the budget, leading to a two-month government shutdown. NBC News

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