(Gray News) – A federal judge on Friday blocked the use of military funds to build a wall along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled against the Trump administration Friday in two lawsuits, one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and the other by the State of California – a lawsuit which was joined by more than a dozen other states.
As part of the rulings, Gilliam issued a permanent injunction against the administration’s attempt to move billions of dollars from the Department of Defense budget to fund segments of the wall, according to The Hill.
Gilliam had initially ruled last month to temporarily halt the use of military funds to build sections of the wall, which was part of President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration in February.
The judge’s reasoning is that the president exceeded his authority by diverting federal funds without congressional approval.
CNN reports the rulings prevent $2.5 billion in federal funds from being used for wall construction at sites in New Mexico, California, Arizona and Texas.
Trump had been ready to break ground on parts of the border wall as early as Monday morning, according to Bloomberg.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted: “Tonight’s court rulings critically stop Trump’s illegal money grab to divert $2.5 billion of unauthorized funding for his pet project. As we showed, all he has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to CA.”
The Trump administration is expected to appeal the rulings.