Per Breitbart, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the Supreme Court of allowing the Trump administration to “steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall” in reaction to Friday’s ruling, which allows the administration to transfer defense funds to begin the construction of the border wall.
This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019
The Supreme Court lifted an injunction Friday, giving the Trump administration the green light to transfer funds from the Defense Department to begin the construction of the border wall, per the president’s emergency declaration.
As Breitbart News reported:
The decision was largely along partisan lines, with all five Republican-appointed justices voting to lift the injunction, while all three liberal justices were opposed. Justice Stephen Breyer sought to have it both ways, allowing the process to go forward but not the construction: “There is a straightforward way to avoid harm to both the Government and respondents while allowing the litigation to proceed. Allowing the Government to finalize the contracts at issue, but not to begin construction, would al- leviate the most pressing harm claimed by the Government without risking irreparable harm to respondents.”
Per BizPacReview, U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan would likely disagree.
In fact, he claimed Saturday that, if the Supreme Court keeps ruling in the Trump’s favor, the administration will be able to build up to 450 miles of new border wall structures.
The southern U.S. border is reportedly 1,933 miles long, and as of late 2018 about 700 of those miles contained a wall of some sort. If the administration is able to meet its initial 450-mile goal, that means 60 percent of the southern border will be secured.
“Right now we’ve completed 52 new miles of wall along the southwest border strategic locations,” Morgan told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening. “And by 2020 we’re going to have about 205 miles of wall completed.”
“But with this new ruling, and if we’re able to get all of the DOD funding that’s available, we’re going to be able to build about 450 miles of new wall. And right now, Judge, we’ve been building about a mile of wall every week since May.”
In surprise, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has defended Trump appointees Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as “very decent and very smart.”
“I can say that my two newest colleagues are very decent and very smart individuals,” Ginsburg told her former clerk, Duke Law School professor Neil Siegel.