The Supreme Court decisions along party lines, 5-4, follows intense rhetoric from the Trump administration about the situation at the border, including declaring a national emergency.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan lauded the Supreme Court decision allowing the administration to use military funds to build additional border wall.
“It was a big victory at the Supreme Court to allow Department of Defense to move forward with that $2.5 billion dollars to really accelerate the progress on the wall, and kind’ve double what we’re doing with the congressionally appropriated funding, which is going well,” McAleenan said Sunday on Fox Business.
“We’re up to 54 miles [of new border wall] since we talked — building every day down there on the border. That’s already providing significant new operational capability and helping us control high-traffic areas of the border,” he continued.
McAleenan’s comments came two days after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could reprogram $2.5 billion in Department of Defense funds for border wall construction. Because of the decision, President Donald Trump can move forward with plans to build 100 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as it continues to fight challenges in the lower courts.