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Money from a retirement program for the US military is set to be diverted to pay for Trump's border wall

Posted By Peter
Date Thursday, 1 August 2019, at 10:22 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Trump border wall prototypes
President Donald Trump with a US Customs and Border Protection agent at a tour of prototypes for a US-Mexico border wall.
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
 
  • The Supreme Court decided last week that Department of Defense funding could be used to construct sections of President Donald Trump's wall at the US-Mexico border.
  • Programs set to lose funding include a retirement program for the military and a program to support Afghan security forces, among others.
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The White House scored a major win last week after the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said that about$2.5 billion in Defense Department funds could be used to construct sections of the president's highly sought-after wall at the US-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump celebrated the news on Twitter, describing the decision as a "big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!"

But Dror Ladin, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project who represented the groups who filed a lawsuit challenging Trump's emergency-powers declaration to secure funding to build the wall, was quick to point out in a statement that last week's order wasn't a final ruling but temporary and limited to specific wall projects.

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