California judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

Concertina wire along the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Arizona | Photo Source: Robert Bushell / U.S. CBP / MGN

SAN FRANCISCO, Cali. (AP) - A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of U.S. / Mexico border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.

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

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

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