Supreme Court Rules to Allow Border Wall Construction To Continue

By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter

July 26, 2019

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The Supreme Court has ruled in favor for President Donald Trump's plan that would divert money earmarked for the Pentagon to use to build 100 miles of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

In a 5-4 vote, the Court lifted an injunction granted by a federal judge in Oakland and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that barred Trump adminstration officials from using the military's money for his border wall project.

President Trump celebrated the victory on Twitter shortly after the decision was handed down.

"Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!" Trump wrote.

The administration asked earlier this month for the justices to temporarily pause the lower court's rulings that blocked them from tapping into the funds for the border wall's construction. The funds consisting of $2.5 billion or that money would not be available after the new fiscal year began.

Conservative justices on the court also questioned whether the environmental groups that had sued had standing.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam in California who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, issued the permanent injunction that blocked Trump administration officials from accessing the multi-billion fund, agreeing with the plaintiffs that building the wall would create "irreparable harm" to their interests at the border.

Trump declared a national emergency earlier this year in an effort to obtain funding for the wall he wants to build on the U.S-Mexico border. That came shortly after a partial government shutdown that began after Democrats in the House refused to fund the wall's construction. House Democrats also said Trump's attempt to divert funds from the Pentagon was a violation of the separation of powers because only Congress can allocate federal funding under the Constitution.

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