The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump and Americans who support the rule of law a victory last week. The justices ruled that the Trump administration can use $2.5 billion of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funds to build a wall on the southern border.
The ruling overturns a lower court’s injunction against the president’s efforts to protect Americans.
President Trump asked Congress for $5.7 billion to build the wall and stem the flow of foreigners illegally crossing the border. Democrats in Congress refused, and the disagreement led to a government shutdown. Afterward, the president declared a state of emergency on the border. Not only did liberal lawmakers oppose him, leaders in his own party did as well.
President Trump noted that liberal lawmakers used to support stronger border enforcement but changed their minds once he was in office.
Columnist Larry Elder wrote about the dispute between the parties:
For a few days, Trump dropped his demand for wall funding, angering much of his base. Did the likely next speaker of the house, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., applaud Trump’s “bipartisanship” and his “willingness to reach across the aisle”? Hardly. Left-wing cable pundits mocked Trump as having “caved” on a campaign promise due to the supposedly shrewd negotiating skills of the Democrat leadership. A Vanity Fair article called Trump’s retreat a “capitulation.” When Trump reversed his reversal, the same critics promptly accused him of yielding to the demands of “right-wing” television and radio hosts.
When President Trump designated certain funding sources for border security, including DOD funds, a coalition of states sued. But the high court declared that the president can use military funds — considering it’s the military’s job to protect the country.