On the July 26th 2019, The United States Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration in allowing the usage of funds allocated for counter drug operations within the U.S. military budget to be used to construct areas of the wall.
In a split decision, the conservative members of the court sided with Trump while all but one of the liberal judges dissented in their opinions. Justice Stephen Breyer was the one split opinion partially agreeing with both sides.
President Trump claimed victory via Twitter, “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!”
A lawyer for the ACLU vowed that this issue was not over and that the ACLU would keep fighting. Saying that the ACLU will ask the Federal Appeals Courts for expedited appeals in their cases where they believe the wall will unduly influence the environment.
This ruling indicates that President Trump can tap funds from the Pentagon’s budget immediately and begin building the wall. Earlier this year Trump was able to get 1.4 billion dollars for the border wall after a 35 day government shutdown, well short of the 5.7 billion dollar estimate needed to complete the project. Trump declared an emergency and tapped 8 billion in defense spending to complete the wall, and was stopped by Democrats, now that obstacle has been cleared.
Written by Stephan Ball