Biden loses as Supreme Court orders reconsideration of border wall funding

The Supreme Court ruled that a lower court should further consider the case that has been used to end funding for former President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The ruling strikes a blow to the Biden administration. President Joe Biden signed an executive order upon entering office to officially end the border wall construction.

The case, based in California, will now need to consider the ruling that stated the court should “consider what further proceedings are necessary and appropriate in light of the changed circumstances in this case.”

What Happened?

The Ninth Circuit Court in California affirmed a 2020 lower court ruling that focused on the environmental impact of the potential border wall.

“California and New Mexico each provided sufficient evidence, if taken as true, that would allow a reasonable fact- finder to conclude that both states would suffer injuries in fact to their environmental interests, and in particular, to protect endangered species within their borders,” according to the ruling.

“Second, the panel also held that California and New Mexico demonstrated that border wall construction injured their quasi-sovereign interests by preventing them from enforcing their environmental laws,” it added.

“The Sierra Club, a left-wing environmental organization, was among many who filed lawsuits seeking an injunction to have the project stopped,” according to The Western Journal.

“The ACLU also filed a lawsuit and won when the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Trump White House could not use Pentagon funds to secure the border,” the report also noted.

Biden’s Executive Order

On Biden’s first day in office, he signed an executive order to end construction of the border wall.

“It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall. I am also directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to construct a southern border wall,” the order said in part.

The Biden administration may not approve, but the court has now reopened the case for a discussion of the funding for Trump’s border wall. While many believe the wall is over, there may be new life for the former president’s signature project.

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