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US Trump praises court's decision that military funds can be used for border wall

02:20  10 january  2020
02:20  10 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Trump praised the court ' s decision in a tweet Friday, calling it a victory for " border security and the rule of law." The fight over border wall funding sparked the longest federal government shutdown in history. Congress ultimately allocated about .4 billion in border wall funding to be deployed in

A federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump 's border wall project can proceed while using up to .6 billion earmarked for military construction projects funds as his administration continues to challenge a lower federal court ' s injunction against diversion of the funds .

President Donald Trump declared victory on Thursday following a federal appeals court ruling that allows his administration to use $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall along the southern border.

Donald Trump et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: President Donald Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, Calif., March 13, 2018.© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, Calif., March 13, 2018.

The Jan. 8 ruling overturns a federal district judge's order that blocked the funding, but is only a temporary win for Trump pending further appeals. Democrats have consistently fought his efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border -- bringing on legal action when the administration first made attempts to sidestep congressional objections and pay for the wall using the military funds.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday gave President Trump a victory in his fight for a wall along the Mexican border by allowing the In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds.

President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed a court decision that allows .6 billion in military funds to be used to build his signature wall on the US-Mexico border . "Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!" the president tweeted following the ruling by the Fifth US Circuit

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the "Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!"

"The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has lifted an illegitimate nationwide injunction entered by a lower court, and in doing so has allowed vital border wall construction to move forward using military construction funds," Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released in a statement Thursday morning. "This is a victory for the rule of law. We are committed to keeping our borders secure, and we will finish the wall."

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans granted a stay in a 2-1 ruling, putting on hold a lower court's ruling from December in which U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam issued a nationwide injunction on Trump using military construction funds for his border wall. As Gilliam said in his written statement, the executive branch evading congressional approval to fund its border wall played a large role in his ruling.

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The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to use military funds to build sections of the president' s desired border wall while That decision means the Pentagon funds can be tapped for now, so work can begin on four contracts that had already been awarded, which President Trump

The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration on Friday in lifting a freeze backed by a lower court that had halted plans to use .5 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction. The decision , which split the bench along ideological lines, allows the administration to move ahead with

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In Wednesday's ruling, an appointee of former President Barack Obama dissented, while an appointee from former President Ronald Reagan paired with a Trump administration appointee ruled in favor of using the funds.

The 5th Circuit referenced a previous U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the highest court in the land ordered a stay on an injunction issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ultimately allowing the administration to use military funds to build part of the border wall.

a large building in the background: Construction site of the first border wall in Texas since President Trump took office as seen near Donna, Texas, Dec. 8, 2019.© Veronica Cardenas/Reuters Construction site of the first border wall in Texas since President Trump took office as seen near Donna, Texas, Dec. 8, 2019.

The Trump administration -- as well as his re-election campaign -- has made border security one of its key priorities and talking points. Last year, Trump declared a national emergency at the border to secure funding after Congress passed a spending bill that did not fully fund the construction.

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A US federal appeals court on Wednesday put on hold a lower court ruling that blocked Donald The New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay pending the Trump administration’ s appeal of a decision made on 10 Trump prototypes for Mexico border wall demolished in California.

A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday ruled the government can use .6 billion in military funds to construct border barriers along the The case, one of several in which groups have challenged the administration' s efforts to divert billions of dollars in military funds to pay for border

In a statement also released Thursday morning, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said the Trump administration needs to consult with Native American tribal landowners before expanding construction in southern Arizona.

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"The Trump administration is treating the Tohono O'odham Nation like a speed bump instead of a sovereign nation, just as it does with Native American communities across the country, in order to bulldoze opposition and get what it wants -- a wall to create division," Grijalva said.

While Congress has approved limited funding for wall construction in recent years, there are many Democratic members of Congress that don't support the administration's border wall efforts.

"Despite what the President may think, Article II does not mean that he can 'do whatever he wants'" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement in December about the lower court's ruling.

She later added, the president's "plan to cancel military construction projects to pay for his ineffective, wasteful wall would have made America less safe by hurting our military readiness and stealing from military families."

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President Donald Trump ’ s planned border wall with Mexico got another boost after a federal appeals court lifted an order that had blocked his use of .6 billion in military construction funds . The 2-1 decision issued Wednesday night by the U. S . Court of Appeals in New Orleans allows Trump to

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will delay or suspend 127 military construction projects so that .6 billion can be diverted to shore up President Trump ’ s Pentagon officials on Tuesday began notifying congressional representatives from areas that house the affected projects, and the decision to divert

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, Calif., March 13, 2018.© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, Calif., March 13, 2018.

In 2016, one of Trump's main campaign promises was to build the wall along the southern border -- a promise that has not yet been completed.

Trump administration officials pledged that by the end of 2020, the administration would build 450 miles of new border barriers. Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said late last year the administration may fall short of its goal, specifically referencing the $3.6 billion released by the Wednesday court decision.

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While 96 miles of border wall have been erected as of December 2019, most of the construction includes renovations and replacements of outdated barriers, according to CBP.

Construction on new miles of border barriers are currently underway in southeast Texas.

ABC's Quinn Owen and Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

Pentagon prepared to provide additional financial support to border wall: Esper .
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall. The Washington Post, citing internal planning figures, reported that President Donald Trump was preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the Pentagon's military construction and counter-narcotics funds to border wall construction. The figure would be five times what Congress authorized for that purpose in the 2020 budget.

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