On Wednesday, a federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump can now use military funds for the construction of a wall along the southern border.
In a 2-1 decision, the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling that blocked the spending.
The judges who ruled in favor of the decision were Trump and Reagan appointees and the judge who opposed it was an Obama appointee, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Although the case can still be appealed, this ruling was a solid win for President Trump.
The case can still be appealed further, but the ruling was a win for Trump’s America First agenda. Trump vigorously campaigned on the promise of building a border wall.
Trump praised the ruling in a tweet Thursday morning, emphasizing that a border wall is “desperately” needed.
Breaking News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars. Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020
Trump tweeted, “Breaking News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars. Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!”
This ruling overturns a Texas judge’s action in December that stopped the use of military funds for the border wall, declaring that the $3.6 billion in military funds could not be used for the construction project.
Back in early 2019, Trump stood firm by refusing to sign a spending bill that did not include border wall funding. In doing so, Trump shut down the federal government for 35 days.
This is welcome news for America First and should be properly followed up with reforms on chain migration and birthright citizenship.
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