July 9, 2020
Appeals court affirms that funding of border wall was unlawful
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the Trump Administration’s diversion of $2.5 billion to build an unauthorized wall at the Mexican border was unlawful.

The District Court had previously declared the diversion of funds unlawful and granted the Sierra Club’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The Supreme Court stayed that injunction through the course of the appellate litigation. Friday’s ruling addresses the District Court’s final judgment in favor of California and New Mexico.

The Ninth Circuit’s ruling comes after more than a year of litigation.

“Today, the court reminded the President – once again – that no one is above the law,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “While the Trump Administration steals public funds to build an unauthorized wall at the Southern border, families across the country are struggling to pay their bills. They deserve to know that their hard-earned dollars are going where the law intended – to benefit their families and their communities.”

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