In a victory for the Trump administration, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a lower court that ruled the Trump administration could not use $ 3.6 billion from military construction funds to build a new border wall . It’s been a mixed week for the White House. The verdict comes when another judge ordered the reinstatement of the DACA program.
The decision is a reversal of the December 2019 ruling by US District Judge David Briones, which could prove contentious as President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to stop any further construction of the wall once he takes office.
In particular, the Supreme Court will review a ruling in the Ninth Circuit that the use of military construction funds was illegal due to environmental threats.
It is important to note that this was a decision that was not made to argue that such funds were effectively blocked by Congress. The split body decided that El Paso County and the nonprofit Human Rights Boundary Network did not have the violation sufficient to stand to challenge the funding.
As a long-standing “standing pigeon” I prefer standing in such cases.
Here’s the opinion: Fifth Circuit Border Ruling