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Democrats slam ruling allowing Trump to divert $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall

Democrats slam Supreme Court ruling allowing Trump to divert $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall as ‘nonsensical’ and ‘regrettable’

  • Trump is allowed to divert $2.5bn in Pentagon funds for border wall construction
  • The 5-4 ruling means Trump’s administration can tap into military specific funds
  • The action reverses the decision of a trial court, which initially blocked the funds in May, and an appeals court, which kept that freeze in place throughout July 
  • Democrats criticized Trump’s plans to use earmarked funds in an effort to come through on signature campaign issue, calling it  ‘nonsensical’ and ‘regrettable’

Democrats have reacted with anger after the Supreme Court ruled President Trump could divert $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction.

The controversial 5-4 ruling means Trump’s administration can tap into military funds to begin work to replace fencing along the southern border in California, Arizona and New Mexico.  

‘Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!’ Trump in the wake of the announcement.

The controversial 5-4 ruling means Trump’s administration can tap into military funds to begin work to replace fencing along the southern border in California, Arizona and New Mexico

'Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!' Trump said in the wake of the announcement

‘Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!’ Trump said in the wake of the announcement

The action reverses the decision of a trial court, which initially blocked the funds in May, and an appeals court, which kept that freeze in place throughout July.

Leading Democrats criticized Trump’s plans to use earmarked funds in an effort to come through on his signature campaign issue. 

Many argue a wall will not slow the flow of migrants into the United States. 

Democratic presidential nominee Beto O’Rourke expressed his disappointment at the ruling, tweeting: ‘Deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision. I’ve long opposed building walls, and while in Congress, I introduced language to prevent DOD funds from being used to plan or build a wall along our border. As President, I would do everything in my power to make that law.

Leading Democrats criticized Trump's plans to use earmarked funds in an effort to come through on his signature campaign issue. Many argue a wall will not slow the flow of migrants into the United States

Leading Democrats criticized Trump’s plans to use earmarked funds in an effort to come through on his signature campaign issue. Many argue a wall will not slow the flow of migrants into the United States

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed to the fact that during his campaign Trump said he would make Mexico fund the wall, calling the move ‘regrettable’.

He tweeted: ‘This is a deeply regrettable and nonsensical decision and flies in the face of the will of Congress and the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our founders established in the Constitution.’

Adding: ‘It’s a sad day when the president is cheering a decision that may allow him to steal funds from our military to pay for an ineffective and expensive wall for which he promised Mexico would foot the bill.’  

Arizona Rep. Raul M. Grijalva called Trump’s emergency declaration a ‘pathetic attempt to circumvent Congress.’

Many argue a wall will not slow the flow of migrants into the United States

Many argue a wall will not slow the flow of migrants into the United States

‘Trump’s fake emergency was nothing more than a pathetic ploy to circumvent Congress and build his monument to his racist policies. This fight is not over, and I will continue fighting Trump’s efforts to destroy our environment and militarize border communities. #NoBorderWall,’ he tweeted in the wake of the ruling.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the ruling ‘deeply flawed’ over Twitter.

She tweeted: ‘This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing 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.’

Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro said: ‘Taking away money from the Defense Department to build a wall will not make us any safer. Trump’s political stunt will harm border communities & ignores the root causes of migration. We deserve a president with a common sense & compassionate immigration plan.’

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