The U.S. Supreme Court backed the Trump administration on Friday by lifting an impediment imposed by a lower court that had quashed plans to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction — a key element of the president’s 2016 winning campaign.
The decision allows the administration to move forward with plans to construct the much needed border wall along major entry points used by illegal aliens.
Chief Justice John Roberts and associate justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh voted in support of the administration.
Liberal associate justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, all Democrat appointees, dissented, with their cohort Justice Stephen Breyer issuing this split opinion, unable or unwilling to fully reach the right conclusion.
On February 19, the reliably leftist organizations American Civil Liberties Union and Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency powers declaration to secure funds to build the barrier along the southern border, after his efforts were stonewalled by congressional Democrats. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of the Sierra Club and the illegal invasion supporting Southern Border Communities Coalition was filed in the Northern District of California.
“We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the lower courts should not have halted construction of walls on the southern border,” Justice Department spokesperson Alexei Woltornist said in a statement. “We will continue to vigorously defend the Administration’s efforts to protect our Nation.”
The President tweeted: