District of Columbia — In a wrap to a crazy last few hours in Washington, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration can start using military funds to build a wall along the Southern Border.
Earlier this year in Sierra Club v. Trump, a California federal judge and the Ninth Circuit Court both ruled against the administration using military funds to build the wall, but the Supreme Court granted a motion to lift the district court permanent injunction. Arguments against lifting the injunction were “the Government may begin construction of a border barrier that would cause irreparable harm to the environment and to respondents”. The ruling allows around $2.5 billion to be unfrozen and used for military construction of a border wall.
In reaction to the decision, President Donald Trump tweeted, “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!” The United States Department of Justice issued the following statement in response to the 5-4 decision, “We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the lower courts should not have halted construction of walls on the southern border. We will continue to vigorously defend the Administration’s efforts to protect our Nation.”