Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

The Highly-Anticipated Border Wall Just Hit a Major Milestone

Mexican asylum seeker Enlarge Image A Mexican asylum seeker L waits with his family on the international bridge from Mexico to the United States on December 9. Getty
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2020, 16:27

This funding had been "earmarked" for 127 domestic and foreign military construction products. "This is a milestone achievement for the president, the department, and more importantly for our country - including communities like Yuma".

"To the extent the border wall would support the operations of any agency, the beneficiary would be the civilian Department of Homeland Security, not the armed forces", ACLU lawyers said in their filing. It's not so-called replacement wall, as some of our critics claimed. He is now pledging to build 450 miles of new wall by the end of this year.

"The wall system you see behind me is an undeniable impediment to smugglers, traffickers and other criminals who have exploited our lack of effective border infrastructure to smuggle drugs, illicit goods and engage in human trafficking", Wolf said. Over the past year Department of Homeland Security officials have waived several environmental laws - including the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act - to make way for wall construction. "There is a lot of pressure on the President to deliver in the campaign promise".

Mark Morgan, the acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection, has said, however, that he has felt "no pressure from the administration to build more miles of wall".

The 5th Circuit decision will allow the Trump administration to build 175 miles of the border wall in parts of Arizona, California and Texas, according to the New York Times.

In the 2020 spending package passed in December, Congress maintained border wall funding at $1.3 billion, far below Trump's request, which he had upped to $8.6 billion.

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overruled an injunction granted last month by a lower court that blocked $3.6 billion in government funds meant to be used on the construction of the border wall.

"The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars", Trump tweeted.

Crews could start building a private border wall in South Texas within the coming days following a federal judge's ruling Thursday that lifted a restraining order against the project.

On Monday, the Yuma Sector began implementing a program first tested in El Paso, Texas, that fast-tracks asylum claims but is being challenged in federal court.

Still, Wolf expressed confidence Friday about reaching the administration's wall goals.