A challenge by several prominent environmental groups to halt the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall has been defeated by the Supreme Court.
The Court’s 5-4 decision comes almost one year after a ruling that paved the way for the administration to divert military funds for the ongoing construction in Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
Fox News reports:
A federal appeals court had ruled against the administration last month, but the justices, for now, have given another temporary victory to the administration.
“The fight continues,” said Dror Ladin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “Every lower court to consider the question has ruled President Trump’s border wall illegal, and the Supreme Court’s temporary order does not decide the case. We’ll be back before the Supreme Court soon to put a stop to Trump’s xenophobic border wall once and for all.”
In June, the Supreme Court also declined to hear an appeal from a coalition of environmental groups that pushed back against the Trump administration’s construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity, challenged a 1996 law giving the president authority to fight illegal immigration and border crossings, and limiting some legal challenges.