Administration touts 100th mile of border wall under Trump

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam of Oakland ruled December 13 that the Trump administration had no authority to override Congress' refusal to approve the funds.

A federal appeals court has handed the Trump administration a victory by allowing the president to tap military construction funds to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

While the White House on Thursday celebrated the appeals court's ruling, saying it rightfully lifted an "illegitimate nationwide injunction", Crane's ruling actually went against the USA government's position.

Homeland Security officials later posted a video to Twitter, saying new stretches of the wall were constructed in every border state "from California to Texas".

President Trump previously promised to construct 450 miles of new border wall barrier by the next presidential election in November 2020.

Yuma's almost 97% drop in the number of families since May is partially because the area's adoption of the Remain in Mexico program, which forces asylum-seekers to wait south of the border while their cases wind through court. The U.S. attorney's office argued the project could shift the river and the global boundary, which violated the president's authority "to conduct the foreign relations of the United States".

Marianna Trevino Wright, the center's executive director, said Thursday's ruling "makes you wonder when it's going to end and how many more of these proxies are there". The Trump administration has sent letters to dozens of residences in California, New Mexico and Texas notifying owners that the government is going to survey their land for future border barriers, two U.S. defense officials told CNN late past year. By far the longest and most expensive would be 83 km (52 miles) in Laredo, Texas, at an estimated cost of $ 1.27 billion.

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On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision blocking $3.6 billion from being diverted from military construction projects for the financing of President Trump's border wall.

"The government has the same right to relief here", wrote the three-member jury.

Additionally, a claim by the International Boundary and Water Commission's that the wall's construction could potentially divert the course of the river Rio Grande, which would, in turn, violate a 1970 border treaty between the United States and Mexico.

Opponents of the border wall have called the rerouting of military construction funds an abuse of power, and Democrats have resisted fully funding the costly barrier, NPR reports.

But Gilliam said in his ruling that the border wall was not a military construction project and there was no evidence that it was necessary for the armed forces.

Trump's efforts to build a wall along the southwestern American border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration have been confronted with numerous judicial challenges.

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