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The Supreme Court Was Right to Rule for Trump in Border Wall Case

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27.07.2019

This evening the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump administration’s request to stay a district court’s permanent injunction against the diversion of $2.5 billion in military spending to begin construction on portions of Trump’s border wall. In plain English, this means the wall construction can begin.

I believe this is the right result, for now, and I’ll explain why.

The background here is relatively simple. When Trump announced that he was going to proceed with wall construction without a specific congressional authorization, he identified multiple funding sources to finance the wall. These funding sources are outlined in his February 15, 2019 announcement:

Including funding in Homeland Security appropriations, the Administration has so far identified up to $8.1 billion that will be available to build the border wall once a national emergency is declared and additional funds have been reprogrammed, including:

About $601 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund

Up to $2.5 billion under the Department of Defense funds transferred for Support for Counterdrug Activities........

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