Jan 9, 2020

Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall

US President Donald Trump speaks as he inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018.

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego in 2018. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A Louisiana federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of President Trump's plan to divert $3.6 billion from military projects to build the border wall.

Why it matters: The New Orleans U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' overturning of a Texas judge's order last month that blocked the plan is a victory for Trump, who's faced legal challenges from several groups and states.

Yes, but: The order is only a stay of proceedings and the case is still ongoing, CNN notes.

Of note: The three judges voted along "ideological lines," Politico reports, with two Republican-appointed judges voting to temporarily halt the nationwide injunction by the El Paso judge, who had ruled Trump's national emergency declaration to fund the law was unlawful. The other judge, a Democratic appointee, dissented.

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