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Supreme Court Ruling Will ‘Really Accelerate’ Border Wall Progress: DHS Chief

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A Supreme Court decision to allow President Trump to redirect $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds towards his long promised border wall will “really accelerate” progress on the project, according to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan in Sunday appearance on Fox News.

The 5-4 decision will allow for the construction of more than 100 miles of fencing – the most significant step yet, according to Bloomberg.

McAleenan said while the court’s ruling was “a big victory” to build more of the wall, “we do remain in the midst of a border security crisis” with migrants flooding the region and that Congress must take more action to deter crossings.

“We made very clear the targeted changes in law that we need,” McAleenan said. –Bloomberg

In Friday’s order, the Supreme Court said that the government made a “sufficient showing” that several groups challenging the decision had insufficient grounds to bring a lawsuit against President Trump’s Feb. 15 national emergency to fund the wall without congressional approval.

“Today’s decision to permit the diversion of military funds for border wall construction will wall off and destroy communities, public lands, and waters in California, New Mexico, and Arizona,” said Sierra Club attorney GLoria Smith.

Trump, meanwhile, took a victory lap – tweeting “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall,” adding “Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”

The wall segments in Arizona, New Mexico and California would give Trump a tangible achievement to tout in his re-election campaign. Until now, congressional and court resistance had thwarted significant progress toward a stronger barrier on the almost 2,000-mile frontier.

During his campaign, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall. On Saturday he said the U.S. would be “fully reimbursed for this expenditure, over time, by other countries.” He didn’t say how. –Bloomberg

“This is not over,” said the ACLU’s lead lawyer, Dror Ladin. “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.”

That said, even Bloomberg has to admit: “the court’s unsigned order suggested the administration was likely to win the fight. The order said the administration “has made a sufficient showing at this stage” that the groups don’t have the legal right to challenge the Pentagon’s spending decisions.”

via zerohedge

6 Comments

  1. James Howard July 29, 2019

    Lots of good work done. Lots more to go. KAG.

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  2. Nate July 29, 2019

    This sounds GREAT for the WALL erection, gett’R Done! If there is enough in that receiving of funds Mr. President, I liked the idea of solar panels installed on top of wall and with a series of capacitors we could jack up the amps and install high voltage bug zapper type security? Border agents can take their time, finish their coffee and donut before reporting to the seen of “THE ZAPPING GLOW”!

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  3. Hal Lemoyne July 29, 2019

    🎆💓👍TRUMPence2020👍💓🎆 successfully assured
    Amen & Amen!!!

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  4. Kevin Schwinkendorf July 29, 2019

    We should also start criminal prosecutions of US employers who knowingly employ illegal aliens. Yes, we need border security, but it would also help if we removed the incentive for these people to come here in the first place. So, if we employed minimum wage earners to pick lettuce, that would increase the cost of a Big Mac by what? Ten cents? (There are a lot of other process steps involved between harvest (or raising the cattle) and taking delivery of your order at your table.) I’ll pay it!

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  5. Fon morcus July 29, 2019

    Why are Democrats so against a wall.? Obama was all for it and so was Bush and not to forget Clinton. As soon as trump said .
    Let’s build a wall . They all turned against trump .
    What’s wrong with those people . It’s all politics. Trump is showing them how to make America great again . And its happening. They hate it . Becouse they failed so badly. Like Obama said .
    How is trump bringing the company’s buck waving a stick .?
    Well Democrats they are coming back .
    And he is showing them how it’s done. They are so angry . They cant stand it
    That’s whey thy hate trump . He is showing them that they were idiot’s. And they could not do what trump is doing .
    Trump is a bissenis men . And there are to many crooks in our government. They should all be replaced . Democrats and Republicans. Start over . DRAIN THAT SWAMP .
    Thanks Donald Trump . For the good job you are doing .
    And no one can say . I. CANT. FIND. A. JOB. .
    Every one is hiring .

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    1. whiteandproud July 29, 2019

      Jeffrey Wright ✔@jfreewright
      Message from the @GOP:

      There are no principles – not ethical, moral, legal, constitutional, religious, spiritual – NONE. There’s only power. And when we get the power, everybody else fucking duck.

      Lesson for everybody else:

      Get the power. dems
      end game

      Reply

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