President Trump made the construction of a “big, beautiful” border wall with Mexico a key election pledge in 2016, with the project stalled repeatedly over the years amid congressional in-fighting and Mexico City’s vehement refusal to pay for it.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled 2-1 to overturn a 2019 legal decision barring the Trump administration from taking some $3.6 billion in funds meant for military construction projects and transferring them to the US-Mexico border wall project, The Hill has reported.
But in her Friday ruling, George W Bush-appointed Chief US Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen ruled that the county’s expected indirect loss of tax revenue did not qualify as an injury.
The ruling reverses the 2019 decision by Western District of Texas US District Judge David Briones which judged that the emergency reallocation of funds from military projects to the border wall was illegal.
Border Network for Human Rights, an El Paso-based non-profit whose financial backers include Democracy Alliance, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the US Human Rights Fund, promised to appeal the decision with the Supreme Court. In an email to Courthouse News, the group called the appeals court’s decision “wrong”, and argued that the group had “clearly been injured by the President’s abuse of power”.
Trump made the border wall with Mexico a prime focus of his campaign in 2016,…