Staff weld sections of a newly changed border wall with Tijuana, Mexico close to the the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, California Might 31, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
(In June 28 story corrects determine from $1 billion to $2.5 billion)
(Reuters) – A U.S. federal decide on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s use of $2.5 billion in funds to assemble a wall alongside the southern border with Mexico, however declined to difficulty a everlasting injunction.
The Trump administration has sought to construct a wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, however has to this point confirmed unsuccessful at receiving congressional approval to take action.
In February, the Trump administration declared a nationwide emergency to reprogram $6.7 billion in funds that Congress had allotted for different functions to construct the wall, which states and teams, together with California, had challenged.
U.S. District Courtroom Decide Haywood Gilliam in Oakland, California mentioned using the funds for the wall for “border barrier development” in two areas “is illegal.”
Reporting by Makini Brice and Jan Wolfe in Washington; Modifying by David Gregorio