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Supreme Court Erases Previous Legal Block of Trump’s Border Wall Plan, Citing 'Changed Circumstances'

The case will now return to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to review

The United States Supreme Court erased a rejection of President Donald Trump’s $3.6 billion border wall plan and asked a lower court to reassess the decision on Monday.

Mr. Trump, after watching Congress cut his request for wall money, had sought to siphon funding from Pentagon accounts toward the wall, drawing a flurry of lawsuits,” reports The Washington Examiner

Initially, a federal district judge in California ruled that the funding shift was illegal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the decision, but the Supreme Court said the border wall’s construction could continue while the case went through further legal review.

The Biden administration had said the high court did not need to evaluate the case because the project had been defunded.

In its decision, the Supreme Court wrote the district court needed to review “what further proceedings are necessary and appropriate in light of the changed circumstances in this case.”

With a record-high number of migrants illegally crossing the southern border, several states had begun acting on their own to secure the border. According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office, the state had received $54,323,095 in donations to construct a border wall as of Sept. 28.

“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” Abbott said in a statement. “Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”

The Texas Tribune reports that “an existing contract awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation in June is set to pay $25 million for a nearly 2-mile stretch of “concrete barrier” along State Loop 480 in Eagle Pass. But costs for the wall’s construction may vary depending on the area where the state is building.”

In late September, there were at least 3,400 illegal migrants at a Border Patrol holding facility in Yuma, Arizona. Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told The Washington Times that on an average day, there are over 600 migrants apprehended at the border. He said that at the end of Trump’s presidency, the daily average was 25 to 35.

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2 responses to “Supreme Court Erases Previous Legal Block of Trump’s Border Wall Plan, Citing ‘Changed Circumstances’”

  1. rgsmith says:

    My concern is that SCotUS’ primary job is to interpret whether something is constitutional or violates the constitution. By changing a decision based on anything other than a Constitutional amendment, they are showing that they are not doing their job, or are acknowledging they got it wrong initially. Changing this decision based on “Changed Circumstances” brings them outside the scope of their job where they can infringe on the Legislative or Executive branch. How depressing.

  2. UppityG says:

    Too little too late, SCOTUS. What a flaccid bag of cowards our highest court has shown itself to be. It should be noticing what’s going on out here, and doing its part in real time to help America from being destroyed like Rome. But no. They stopped smelling their own shit back in the 70s and now look at us.

    When SCOTUS refused to hear the TX case suing another state over its bad election conduct, that’s when I knew we were totally, completely, undeniably on our own.

    Time to Defund SCOTUS. Without a budget, they’ll just throw their robes away. Deservedly.