At what seems to be the climax of a several year fight between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats, the Supreme Court just gave the administration a huge win. A few hours ago, the highest court overturned an injunction by an appeals court which blocked the President’s executive order to divert defense funds away from the Pentagon and towards the construction of the long awaited Border Wall.
The gridlock between Republicans, and Democrats over President Trump’s key campaign promise, a wall across the Southern border, started when Trump took office, but after many unsuccessful attempts to obtain funding from a Republican controlled Congress, things heated up in January of this year.
The battle resulted in the longest government shutdown in American history, which ended with a highly restrictive allocation of just $1.375 billion of the $5 billion requested. Trump would later declare a National Emergency and divert an additional $2.5 billion away from the Pentagon in order to stem the flow of illegal aliens crossing the border.
Not surprisingly, this was quickly slapped with an injunction by federal judges after law suits were filed, primarily by the ACLU and ‘Blue States.’
Injunctions are typically used to halt a government action, in this case, while the dispute has the opportunity to work its way through the courts. However, they’re now used as a way to indefinitely block policies people don’t like.
In a 5-4 decision – with Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh voting to remove the injunction, and Ginsberg, Breyer, Kegan, and Sotomayor voting to preserve the injunction – the Supreme Court narrowly blocked the injunction while the case properly worked its way through the court system.
Though rulings of this nature typically result in the administration winning, like with the travel ban, the decision is not an absolute victory for Trump. It merely removes restrictions on the policy prior to it being heard by the Supreme Court.
President Trump, nonetheless, is calling this ruling a “big VICTORY on the wall,” and overall a “big win” on Twitter.
The Court said “because the government had made a ‘sufficient showing’ that the challengers did not have the legal right to bring the case,” they will remove said injunction, according to CNN.
Opponents of the wall funding, including the ACLU, were far less than angered with the decision:
“This is not over. We will be asking the federal appeals court to expedite the ongoing appeals proceeding to halt the irreversible and imminent damage from Trump’s border wall. Border communities, the environment, and our Constitution’s separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied,” said Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project.
With this sudden and unexpected ruling by the Court, the Trump Administration will now be allowed to continue the construction of the Southern Border Wall until a final ruling is made.
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