Border fence improvements can begin immediately using $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds as the Supreme Court reversed two rulings from lower courts in May and this month. Now, currently porous border fences can be replaced by stronger structures in Arizona, California, and New Mexico.
The four progressive Justices voted against removing the lower court blocks, but the five more conservative Justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, sided with the White House on Friday.
The Supreme Court said Friday that it would lift a freeze on the money put in place by a lower court. The Supreme Court’s action means the Trump administration can tap the funds and begin work on four contracts it has awarded. Four liberal justices wouldn’t have allowed construction to start.
A trial court initially froze the funds in May and an appeals court kept that freeze in place earlier this month. The freeze had prevented the government from tapping approximately $2.5 billion in Defense Department money to replace existing sections of barrier in Arizona, California and New Mexico with more robust fencing.
Democrats and progressives in lower courts have been pushing to stop any actions that would prevent illegal immigrants from crossing over into the United States. This includes blocking border wall construction, changing rules to asylum laws, and enforcing current laws that have been willfully ignored for years.
This is a small step towards the larger goal of securing the southern border, but it’s a good sign to see the Supreme Court siding with American sovereignty. Expect chants of “Build the Wall” to be reinvigorated at future Trump rallies.
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