The Supreme Court overturned Friday a lower court injunction which initially froze the funds in May, solution maintaned by the appeal court. The Supreme Court voted 5-4. The freeze had prevented the government from tapping approximately $2.5bn in Defense Department money to replace existing sections of barrier in the states of Arizona, California and New Mexico. Trump had originally requested $5.7bn from the Congress for his border wall, but after a tug-of-war that included a record 35-day federal government shutdown, he reluctantly signed a spending bill that included appropriations of just $1.4bn for border barrier.
On February 15, citing an “invasion” of drugs and criminals, he declared a national emergency at the border, allowing him to repurpose billions of dollars in other government funding. Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Supreme Court’s decision “undermines the constitution and the law.” The Supreme Court’s order is a significant win for Trump. The $2.5 billion had been shifted from various programs including personnel and recruiting, Minuteman III and air launch cruise missiles, E-3 aircraft upgrades and the Afghan security forces training fund.