The border fence between the US and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico [File: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters]

A federal judge has prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping $2.5bn in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Judge Haywood S Gilliam, Jr in Oakland acted in two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended that the fund transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats.

“All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis, threatening immediate harm to our state,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a 20-state coalition of attorneys general in one lawsuit.

Speaking on Saturday at a press conference marking the end of the

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