Texas judge orders border wall fundraising group not to build

This Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, photo and provided by the National Butterfly Center shows what the center's director, Marianna Wright, says is land cleared in preparation to build a separation wall on the border of the United States and Mexico in in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. (Luciano Guerra/National Butterfly Center via AP)
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HOUSTON (AP) A state district judge in South Texas has ordered supporters of President Donald Trump not to build their planned private border wall on a section of land near the Rio Grande.

State District Judge Keno Vasquez on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against We Build the Wall, which raised $25 million after promising to build its own private barrier.

Vasquez set a Dec. 17 hearing for We Build the Wall and its founder, Brian Kolfage, to appear in court in the South Texas city of Edinburg.

We Build the Wall announced on Facebook last month that it was starting construction on private land next to the Rio Grande, the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico in Texas.