President Donald Trump’s Wall will almost certainly be won or lost in the Supreme Court of the United States, as close observers have always expected.
A new appeals court ruling Wednesday keeps Wall construction in Arizona and New Mexico stalled, even as Trump manages to piece together some Wall elsewhere around the border. Criticizing Trump for not yet finishing the Wall is unfair considering our President’s massive political fight to get the Wall done — and Trump always predicted that it would end up in the Supreme Court.
President Trump managed to set the record for longest government shutdown — staving off a manipulated Christmas Day near-stock market collapse in the process — and then declared a national emergency to build the Wall and vetoed both parties in both houses of Congress who passed a bill trying to block his national emergency.
Perhaps most importantly, President Trump has seated Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch on the highest court in the land.
President Trump always knew we were heading for the Supreme Court, which he said immediately after he declared his national emergency in February.
Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. Don’t ever get down on yourself, just keep fighting – in the end, you WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2014
President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on a promise to build a wall, is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The president initially sought $5.6 billion for the wall but Democrats in Congress refused, sparking a 35-day partial government shutdown. After Congress authorized $1.38 billion for border security, Trump declared a national emergency on Feb. 15 — citing a surge in attempted crossings by immigrants — and said he would get the funding he needed elsewhere.
A judge in Oakland, California, issued an order in May that temporarily blocked a pair of border construction projects in New Mexico and Arizona. On June 28, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam expanded the injunction to cover four more projects, and he also made the order permanent.
In Wednesday’s ruling, two of the appeals court judges concluded the president’s action violates Congress’s constitutional authority to spend taxpayer money. They also said that upholding Gilliam’s decision to halt construction won’t significantly alter conditions at the southern border, where immigration authorities say resources are strained by a surge of Central Americans seeking to enter the U.S.
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