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Appeals Court Approves Trump Diverting Pentagon Funds To Border Wall Construction

Appeals Court Approves Trump Diverting Pentagon Funds To Border Wall Construction

“The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … ruled that El Paso County and the nonprofit Border Network for Human Rights did not have the standing to go against the administration’s plan”

https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1248019305368862720

One of President Trump’s prominent campaign promises in 2016 was the building of a border wall, and try as he might, he was consistently thwarted by Democrats and anti-Trumpers both in Congress and within the federal bureaucracy.

Faced with constant obstruction, Trump declared a national emergency in 2019 in order to transfer funds from the military to the construction of the border wall.  A federal appeals court has now approved the plan, overturning a lower court decision.

The Hill reports:

A federal appeals court on Friday gave the Trump administration the green light for its plan to divert military funding for border wall construction, overturning a lower court decision.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision ruled that El Paso County and the nonprofit Border Network for Human Rights did not have the standing to go against the administration’s plan to take $3.6 billion from more than 100 military construction projects and that neither plaintiff was able to prove they were harmed by the plan.

The decision overturned a 2019 ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones.

. . . . The Friday ruling follows an October decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the transfer of funds was illegal, upholding a request from the advocacy groups the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition against then-Defense secretary Mark Esper, acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf and “all persons acting under their direction … from using military construction funds appropriated for other purposes to build a border wall.”

The Supreme Court has already agreed to review that ruling, which the 5th Circuit said it disagreed with and would “decline to follow.”

Unsurprisingly, Democrat nominee for president and former vice president Joe Biden has said that if he is installed in the White House, he will, the Hill continues, “try to end the national emergency that allowed Trump to divert the Pentagon funds.”

In August, Biden promised that “There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration.”  He is also already talking about a massive amnesty push . . . in the middle of an economically devastating reaction to the Wuhan coronavirus that has left millions upon millions of Americans unemployed.

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Comments

4 more years sure would extend that wall alot

Walls contracted will be completed

    Don’t bet on it. The incoming Biden administration is perfectly able to hose over the wall construction by:
    – Filing an injunction with a friendly judge and slow-walking any appeals
    – Starting a criminal investigation with no potential end under unsubstantiated claims of bid-rigging and whatever other bogus charges they want, and freezing all construction until the investigation is over. Which means never.
    – Declaring various parts of the wall under construction or about to begin construction are actually inside indian burial grounds or other such antiquities, and freezing all construction.
    – Withdrawing funding and personnel from existing new walls and just watching as the cartels cut vast holes in the undefended structures.

The wall is a human rights issue. Construct the wall and pursue emigration reform in lieu of immigration reform to mitigate collateral damage at both ends of the bridge and throughout. #HateLovesAbortion

Actually saw a lefty complaining two days ago that Trump was a terrible president because he raided the Pentagon’s budget to build the wall (which is, in fact, a defense issue).

“Orange Man evil because he took food out of the mouths of our imperialist warmongers!
I mean, our valiant military! Whom we love!”

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/electronic-case-filing/case-information/current-opinions

No link to the opinion in the article

Not linking to the source document is a No – No

Liberal websites pull that stunt all the time.

Legal insurrection should know better.

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