Monday, July 15, 2019
Amy Howe for SCOTUSBlog writes on how the Trump administration’s efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border came to the Supreme Court late last week. The U.S.l government asked the justices to block a lower-court order that barred the government from using $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for construction of the wall.
The lawsuit was filed by the Sierra Club, an environmental group, and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. They argued that government officials exceeded their authority when the Department of Defense redirected $2.5 billion earmarked for military-personnel funds to use in construction of the wall.
A federal district court barred the government from using the money for border-wall construction, and on July 3 a federal appeals court rejected the government’s request to put a hold on that decision pending appeal.