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24 April 2024

US judge deals blow to Trump's border wall plans

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A US federal judge on Friday issued a temporary injunction blocking President Donald Trump's administration from using Defense Department funds to pay for construction of barriers on the border with Mexico.

The ruling is a blow to Trump, who declared an emergency in a bid to bypass Congress and obtain funds for his border wall project - a signature campaign promise.

Trump administration officials "are enjoined from taking any action to construct a border barrier in the areas defendants have identified as Yuma Sector Project 1 and El Paso Sector Project 1 using funds reprogrammed by DoD," Judge Haywood Gilliam ordered, referring to the Department of Defense.