Supreme Court directs lower courts to consider reinstating Trump’s border policies

by Summer Lane

The Trump administration has scored a legal victory in the Supreme Court to the surprise of many Americans concerned that Biden’s open border policies are here to stay.

The highest court in the nation recently ordered lower courts across the country to remand previous rulings regarding border wall policies, according to The Western Journal. This comes on the heels of a national emergency declared by President Donald Trump in 2019, who then proceeded to use $3.6 billion dollars in military funding to kick-start the construction of the border wall.

In a February 2019 Presidential Proclamation, President Trump decried both a border security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, citing a threat to security interests to the United States. “The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch’s exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years,” Trump stated.

Soon after the project began, countless lawsuits were filed across the country to counter the construction of the wall. Progressive organizations like the ACLU and the Sierra Club claimed that the wall posed an alleged environmental threat to wildlife populations at the southern borderlands, so they took legal action against the Trump Administration, asking for an emergency injunction to halt the border project.

Initially, lower courts sided with the environmentalist lawsuits, but in July 2020, the Trump Administration was given the green light to continue construction of the wall by the Supreme Court. However, by October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled to stall the border wall project once again. Additionally, Joe Biden attempted to permanently halt construction of a border wall with an Executive Order in January 2021.

Unfortunately, the situation at the border has not improved since Biden took office. The United States Border Patrol has previously stated that migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high, reporting over 200,000 encounters with illegal migrants in July 2021 alone.

This new ruling from the Supreme Court cited “changed circumstances” in the ongoing case, directing lower courts to take a second look at Trump’s strong southern border policies and frozen funding.

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