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Trump’s Border Wall ‘Emergency’ Faces First Legal Challenge

Feb. 16, 2019, 2:39 AM

A nonprofit sued to block President Donald Trump from diverting some $8 billion from the federal budget to pay for his promised border wall after declaring a national emergency.

Public Citizen, a consumer rights think tank, filed the complaint on behalf of a nature preserve and three landowners in southern Texas who have been told the government will seek to build sections of the wall on their property once funding becomes available.

The case is the first of what are expected to be many legal challenges to the president’s authority to circumvent Congress as he seeks to fulfill a campaign...

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