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Supreme court to hear border wall case

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The Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling will be heard by the Supreme court. The appeal pertains to the allegation that it diverted money improperly to build the border wall with Mexico.

High court’s decision

Earlier, the high court permitted the construction even though the federal appeals court ordered that the administration had unlawfully evaded Congress in shifting the funds of the Defence Department.

The matter will not be taken up before the winter season and no one knows what the future holds for the case if Democrat Joe Biden wins the upcoming election.

It’s also not certain if the administration has spent the whole amount of $2.5 billion it moved for the wall project. Disagreeing to an order from July that sanctioned the construction to carry on, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the court’s deed “I fear, may operate, in effect, as a final judgment.”

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The case started during the 35-day partial government shutdown that was commenced in December of 2018. Trump concluded the shutdown following the Congress giving him about $1.4 billion in border wall backing, however that was not even near the $5.7 billion he was expecting. After that, Trump claimed a nationwide emergency to gather cash from other government books to put to use in building portions of the wall.

Money from other departments

During that time, Trump had about $2.5 billion in Defence Department money, $3.6 billion from military construction funds and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund.

The case filed in the Supreme Court accounts for just the $2.5 billion in Defence Department funds. The American Civil Liberties Union litigated the Trump government on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. California filed a parallel lawsuit on behalf of other numerous states.