Appeals court rules Trump can proceed with $3.6 billion in border wall funding
A federal appeals court just granted Trump a major victory in his goal to build a wall along the Mexican border.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Wednesday reversing an injunction placed by a lower court on $3.6 billion in funding for the wall.
The disputed money was part of a $6 billion package redirected from the Pentagon by Trump earlier in 2019 in response to House Democrats’ refusal to grant the funding directly.
In a 2-1 ruling, the panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had stayed an injunction in a similar border wall case from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court also said there was a “substantial likelihood” that the parties challenging the funding transfer – the county of El Paso, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights – lacked standing to sue the Trump administration.
This ruling gives the Trump administration permission to continue construction on 174 miles of a border wall, including stretches of the border that have previously been unprotected by any barrier.
The president triumphantly tweeted on Thursday, “The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars. Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!”