By: Konrad Holden
The Supreme Court issued a ruling directing the 9th Circuit courts to “vacate” and reconsider their ruling on whether Trump’s $3.6 billion in military funding could be used for the border wall. The Biden administration has argued that the case is no longer necessary because of the new administration. A 9th Circuit judge initially blocked the funding because they held that the funds could not be authorized under the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2019.
During Trump’s presidency, he declared a national state of emergency at the southern border and authorized $3.6 billion in military funding for building a border wall.
Trump celebrated the 400th mile of the wall just before he left office in early 2021.
That $3.6 billion was challenged in court by both California and New Mexico and was initially struck down. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals initially upheld the lower court's decision, before the case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
In April, the Department of Defense announced that the border wall project would be halted.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling directing the lower court to reconsider the case based on the new circumstances.
The Biden administration disagrees with the ruling saying that it is not necessary since funds are no longer being used to construct a wall.
"It shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall.” - President Joe Biden