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9th Circuit rules that President Trump cannot use military funds to pay for the border wall

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Liberal court rules against the president

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In a 2-1 ruling on Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that ruled that the Trump administration's decision to fund a wall on the southern border of the United States by declaring an emergency and diverting money from the Department of Defense was unconstitutional.

The suit was originally brought by a group of plaintiffs led by the environmental activist group The Sierra Club. The plaintiffs alleged that the Trump administration's decision to divert funds that had been appropriated under the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2019 via the declaration of an emergency was unlawful and unconstitutional. A district court in California ruled in favor of the plaintiffs last year and issued an injunction preventing the funds from being used to construct the wall.

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