President Trump won a major case ahead of the weekend, freeing up to $3.6 billion from military construction projects that he can now allocate to continue constructing the southern border wall.
The border wall was a major component of President Trump’s 2016 platform and it would be the last thing he completes in office, should the preliminary results of the 2020 presidential election be confirmed.
As Fox News reports, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the El Paso County and nonprofit Border Network for Human Rights did not have adequate legal challenges to prevent Trump from redirecting the funds.
“The appeals court found that neither the county nor the Border Network proved it was directly harmed by Trump’s move. The court reversed a December 2019 ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones,” Fox News reports.
The report adds: “Trump took roughly $6 billion from military funds under a national emergency he declared in early 2019 after Congress refused to fully finance his demands for the wall, leading to the longest government shutdown in history.”
The border wall would have to be constructed in its entirety under the Trump administration as President-Elect Joe Biden has indicated he will stop any further construction, going as far as to pledge he would end the national emergency Trump has declared to allow him to redirect the funds.
According to the report, other legal challenges against the construction of the border wall could end up before the conservative-majority Supreme Court, where Trump personally appointed three of its nine members.