President Donald Trump secured a crucial court victory on Monday amid his many high stakes legal fight.
But it’s not what you may be thinking.
Though the lion’s share of attention is falling on election results in the swing states — whether or not Trump remains in the White House beyond 2020, there’s still much to be done.
And he just picked up a huge win for American security.
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A federal appeals court Friday granted the Trump administration to take $3.6 billion from military construction projects for a border wall. The ruling reversed a previous order that had blocked the Trump administration from re-appropriating the funds.
A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that El Paso County and the nonprofit Border Network for Human Rights did not have the standing to challenge President Donald Trump’s redirecting funds from more than 100 military construction projects, including a $20 million road project at a base located in the city. The appeals court found that neither the county nor the Border Network proved it was directly harmed by Trump’s move. The court reversed a December 2019 ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones.
Trump took roughly $6 billion from military funds under a national emergency he declared in early 2019 after Congress refused to fully fund his demands for wall funding, leading to the longest government shutdown in history.
Joe Biden has pledged to end that national emergency, though the Trump administration has locked in construction contracts with the funding and already built many new stretches of wall across the southwest border.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to review a different ruling on the use of military construction funds. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the transfer of money was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats.
In its order Friday, the 5th Circuit said it disagreed with the 9th Circuit’s ruling and would “decline to follow it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article