Appeals Court Says Trump Can Use Military Construction Funds for Border Wall

by Amber Athey

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday allowing the Trump administration to use military construction funds for the southern border wall, handing the president another major immigration victory.

The order reverses a federal judge’s injunction last month that blocked the administration from using the $3.6 billion in funds to build the wall. President Donald Trump attempted to access the military funds last year by declaring a national emergency on the southern border.

The 5th Circuit noted in its order that in July the Supreme Court ruled that the administration may reprogram $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds earmarked for counter-drug efforts to build the wall. The court also questioned if the plaintiffs — the City of El Paso and the Border Network for Human Rights — have standing to sue the president.

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