A federal appeals court on Wednesday, January 9, gave a green light to US President Donald Trump's border wall project and lifted the block on his use of $3.6 billion in military construction funds. Taking to Twitter, Trump hailed the Court's decision and said, "Entire Wall is getting ready to start."
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
The 2-1 decision comes after the Supreme Court in July had lifted a similar order in California. According to the two judges in the majority, the administration is entitled to the same relief granted by the Supreme Court as the plaintiffs in the case will be found to lack legal standing, stated reports. The plaintiffs in the case include Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights. Further reports stated that the final ruling of the legality of the use of the military funds for the border will come later.
However, Trump administration's opponents had welcomed the earlier court's ruling to put the work on hold. According to them, Trump's actions were an “outrageous power grab.”
The United States-Mexico border wall is a series of vertical barriers along the Mexico-United States border. As per reports, the wall aims to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico to the US. Further, as per reports, the court ruling has affected around 11 projects in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
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