It was bound to happen sooner or later. Eventually, one of the various cases filed against the Trump Administration to stop the border wall construction one way or another was going to land in the laps of Reagan and Trump appointees to the federal bench. It finally happened on Wednesday, and billions of dollars designated for the wall along the southern border have now been liberated.
The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order on Wednesday granting the Trump administration’s request to stay the injunction that U.S. District Court Judge David Briones, based in El Paso, Texas, issued last month.
The three-judge appeals court panel split along ideological lines, with two Republican appointees voting to temporarily set aside the injunction and the sole Democratic appointee dissenting.
The 5th Circuit panel’s majority did not provide a detailed explanation for its action, but noted that last July the Supreme Court stayed a similar injunction issued by a federal judge in Oakland, Calif.
Why this funding is being tied up in the court system when Congress has the power of the purse is a story that the American people would like to know more about. Who is it, exactly, who does not want that wall and why. For decades, the southern border has been a sieve ripe for smuggling drugs that are killing our people, arms to benefit gangs on both sides, a conduit for human trafficking and more.
We the People, the Deplorables, elected President Donald Trump to get that wall built and at every turn, there have been roadblocks thrown up to thwart its completion. Someone has to be benefiting from it, even while national defense reasoning has been rejected as a foundation on which to justify the wall’s construction.
“A court has already determined that the government can’t lawfully use military construction funds to build Trump’s border wall,” said Kristy Parker of the watchdog group Protect Democracy. “It’s unfortunate that the people of El Paso will continue to suffer harm while the government appeals, but we’re confident that we’ll prevail again in this next stage of litigation.”
Who’s side are these people really on/