Appeals Court Rules Against Trump Administration On Border Wall Funds

By Michel Marizco
Published: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 3:23pm
Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 3:25pm

Donald Trump border wall Yuma
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President Donald Trump stands before a plaque June 23, 2020, commemorating the 200th mile of new border wall near Yuma.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Trump administration can’t use military funds to pay for the border wall. 

The court ruled that just because the country’s military deems the border wall is necessary, that doesn’t mean it is.

The ruling cited the dictionary definition of the term ‘necessary’ and ruled that while the Department of Homeland Security may deem the border wall as such, DHS is a civilian agency not a military one. 

The court ruling affects a long fought battle over $3.6 billion the Trump administration wanted to use to fund 175 miles of border wall. 

The court also considered quality of life issues by border area residents who signed on as plaintiffs in the case. 

Some of those had told the court that they enjoyed the views of the U.S.-Mexico border and its natural habitats.