Judge bars Trump from using $2.5B to build border wall

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A federal judge has prohibited President Donald Trump from using $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority sections of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

The judge in Oakland ruled Friday in two lawsuits that use of the money is unlawful.

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The administration is expected to appeal.

The president declared a national emergency in February so that he could divert military money to building the wall – his signature campaign promise – after a bruising battle with Congress. Pending legal action, construction could have begun as early as Monday.

The judge rejected use of $2.5 billion the Pentagon had earmarked for fighting drugs but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal is expected to weigh in on the same issue next week.