Appeals court lifts lower court's order which had blocked Trump from using $3.6B for border wall

by Adam Ford · Jan 9th, 2020 9:53 am

A federal appeals court on Wednesday lifted a lower court's order which had blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build the president's long-promised border wall.

The ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows the administration to move forward and use the money toward construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The president reacted to the news on Thursday morning:

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The $3.6 billion in U.S. Defense Department funds comprises a significant chunk of the money the Trump administration had intended to put toward border-wall construction this year, with a goal of building about 500 miles of the wall by the end of 2020.

The Fifth Circuit's order came in a 2-1 decision, with appointees of Presidents Reagan and Trump in the majority, and an Obama appointee in dissent.