A federal appeals court kept in place a judge’s ruling barring the Trump administration from moving ahead with construction projects for a southern U.S. border wall using funds not approved by Congress.
The order issued Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court was in response to an administration request for permission to begin the process of spending $1 billion from the Defense Department for border wall construction in Arizona and New Mexico while the court fight continues.
President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on a promise to build a wall, is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.
An appeals court has blocked the Trump administration’s emer-gency border-wall spending, rejecting claims it can reallocate military funds for the wall. https://t.co/RhZbpZ18k9
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) July 3, 2019
Major ruling from the Ninth Circuit, refusing to stay Judge Gilliam’s injunction in Sierra Club’s challenge to the border wall.
And before folks jump to conclusions, the majority included Judge Rick Clifton—who was appointed to the Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush. https://t.co/64qw3PoJ7j
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) July 3, 2019