The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

Mail Online | 5/24/2019 | Reporter;Associated Press
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A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.

US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border on Friday.

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His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

Gilliam issued the ruling after hearing arguments last week in two cases.

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California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and a coalition of communities along the border brought the other.

At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make progress on his signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.

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He declared the emergency in February after losing a fight over fully paying for the wall.

That led to a 35-day government shutdown.

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On Wednesday, the US Customs and Border Protect agency updated its accounting of progress on Trump's border wall project, concluding that 42 miles of border barriers have been completed since he took office.

That's more than double the 20 miles of finished walls that the agency reported in an internal document obtained Monday.

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But that 'Border Wall Status' summary contradicted itself in two places, raising questions that CBP corrected three days later.

The totals in the new report dated Thursday still fall short of what the president pledged hours later, on a day when he agreed to omit new wall funding from a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill in order to get it to his desk.

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'We will soon have hundreds of miles under construction,' he told reporters at the White House, 'and we'll have way over 400 miles completed by the end of next year'.

That self-imposed deadline is supposed to arrive in...
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