The U.S. Supreme Court allowed President Trump to use Pentagon funds to build parts of the Southern border wall with Mexico.
The Trump's administration would now be able to use the $2.5 billion from the Department of the Defense that was frozen until now by lower courts. The government opposed by saying it needed the funds to protect the national security.
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 Friday to lift the freeze. Three out of four members of the liberal wing of the court declared they would have blocked the funds for now. Justice Stephen Breyer issued a separate statement to report that he would have given the green light to the government to use the money to finalize the terms of contractors. However, he would disagree with the funds to be used for the actual border wall construction.
Trump welcomed the court's decision on Twitter, saying that it was a big win for the rule of law and border security. The administration would now use the money to replace the existing sections of the wall in Arizona, California, and New Mexico with more solid fencing.
The court decision comes after President Trump ended a 35-day government shutdown back in February as the Congress secured his administration $1.4 billion in dedicated funding for the wall. It was significantly less than the President asked for which motivated Trump to declare a national emergency.
The $2.5 billion had been diverted from numerous defense programs, including Minuteman III, recruiting, military training of the Afghan security forces, and more.
The Pentagon commented the shift of the money was possible because of uncovered cost savings, part of the so-called" reprogramming process." As Pentagon explained further, the money was transferred to the Defense Department's counter-drug account to be able to spend them on the construction of border walls.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) heavily criticized the court's decision Friday saying that it would continue its battle against the wall. ACLU represents the interests of the environmental organization, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition against the building of the wall. According to the Sierra Club, it would hurt the wildlife in the area.
Dror Ladin, staff attorney with the ACLU's National Security Project, called the Trump's wall xenophobic. He also added that ACLU would contact the federal appeals courts to expedite the appeals proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stated that President Trump undermines the U.S. constitution and the national military readiness for what she called '' an ineffective'' wall.
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