Supreme Court Okays Some Border Wall Building

The Story:

On Friday, July 31, the US Supreme Court rejected a plea by opponents of the administration of President Donald Trump that it should halt construction of segments of a border wall separating the US and Mexico. The challengers, including the Sierra Club, argued that the Trump administration was using for this purpose money that Congress had appropriated for other unrelated purposes, and that the president does not have the authority to shift the money from one account to the other.


Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise during the campaign of 2016 was that he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico, and that he would see to it that Mexico would pay for the wall. At least some portions of wall are going up at present, though the US Treasury is paying and the segments may fall well short of what many Trump voters expected.

The Thing to Know: 

The July 31 order treated of a procedural issue and did not reach the merits of whether money was wrongly re-allocated. In the words of one of the lawyers for the challengers, “The administration has admitted that the wall can be taken down if we ultimately prevail, and we will hold them to their word.”

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