Supreme Court Sides With Trump Administration Over Border Wall Funding

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Supreme Court Sides With Trump Administration Over Border Wall Funding
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Supreme Court Sides With Trump Administration Over Border Wall Funding
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On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration regarding the use of $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds toward construction of a wall along the southern border. The funds were redirected as a result of the national emergency declared by President Trump in February. However, lower courts had been blocking access to the funds for the past two months.

President Trump was originally seeking $5.7 billion in funding toward the wall, but the resulting fight in Congress culminated with a lengthy federal shutdown of the government. Lawmakers eventually compromised on $1.4 billion toward barrier construction, significantly below the amount originally requested. Unhappy with the deal in Congress, President Trump decided to redirect a total of $8.1 billion toward the wall through the declaration of a national emergency.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, construction will continue along the border in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Left-leaning justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all dissented. Justice Stephen Breyer split his decision, agreeing partially with both sides. The Trump Administration requested the Supreme Court’s intervention after an appeals court upheld a previous decision freezing the funds.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the lower courts should not have halted construction of walls on the southern border,” read a statement from Justice Department spokesman Alexei Woltornist. “We will continue to vigorously defend the Administration’s efforts to protect our Nation.”

Construction of a southern border wall was a major pledge of the 2016 Trump campaign. Undoubtedly, the Trump administration was quite pleased with yesterday’s ruling. The president declared victory on Twitter, saying this:

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