The fight over the border wall now goes to the Supreme Court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stopped the Department of Defense from spending money on a border wall to stem the tide of drug running across the border.
They were doing it at the request of the DHS. Stopping drugs is a legitimate function of the DOD. The administration is now asking the Supreme Court to rule on the matter. The Ninth Circuit Court is the most overruled court in the United States. Every year enough Fentanyl crosses our borders to kill every American in the country twice.
Overdose deaths average 77,000 a year. Democrats don’t want the problem solved.
The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court for clearance to begin constructing 100 miles of fencing through drug-smuggling corridors along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Friday request comes after U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam forbade the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to stay that ruling while litigation continued on July 3.
“The practical significance of the decision below for the government’s drug-interdiction efforts would weigh strongly in favor of further review,” the government’s stay application to the high court reads.
“The decision prevents the Department of Defense from taking steps to support the Department of Homeland Security that the acting secretary of defense determined to be ‘necessary in the national interest’ to stanch the flow of illegal drugs across the southern border,” it adds.
The trial court’s injunctions stalled border barrier construction projects in Arizona and New Mexico. The projects are high priorities for DHS given the volume of drug trafficking in those areas, according to government lawyers.