Appeals Court Rules President Trump Can't Use Military Funds For Wall

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Appeals Court Rules President Trump Can't Use Military Funds For Wall
A federal appeals court ruled the Trump administration can't use military funding to build the wall along the southern border.
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A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday the Trump administration does not have the authority to transfer military funding to pay for a border wall. 

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that transferring funds appropriated for the military is unlawful. It also said since Congress approved the $2.5 billion for the military, spending it elsewhere would violate the Constitution's Appropriations Clause. 

The panel upheld a ruling by a federal judge in California that said moving the money was illegal. 

The American Civil Liberties Union applauded Friday's ruling. It said: "There's no undoing the damage that's been done, but we will be back before the Supreme Court to finally put a stop to this destructive wall."

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border last year in order to use Pentagon money after Congress refused to fund the wall. 

Contains footage from CNN.