Near the beginning of the year, United States President Donald Trump officially declared a national emergency, a decree that would ultimately grant him the ability to re-appropriate federal funding to further construct a border wall on the country’s southern border.
The United States Justice Department, under the leadership of the Trump-led White House, had sought to take federal funds originally allocated to military construction to the tune of roughly $2.5 billion. Such funding would have first been repurposed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before being thrown at the wall that President Trump has promised to build since the early beginnings of his presidential campaign that were shared with the American public for the first time back in 2015.
Recently, just earlier today, on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals got in the way of the Trump administration’s plan to spend far more money on the planned construction of the aforementioned border wall between the United States and Mexico, of which none of its total cost will be provided by the Mexican government.
In two-to-one fashion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted against the request made by the United States Department of Justice to have a lower-ranked court of law’s ruling to be subject to an emergency stay that would have effectively allowed the Trump administration to spend more taxpayer money than it had planned to spend on the construction of stretches of border wall in high-priority areas specifically in the states of New Mexico, California, and Arizona.
Two of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ – the federal court of law is based in San Francisco, California, by the way – judges, Michelle Friedland and Richard Clinton, voted in favor of blocking the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, whereas N.R. Smith spoke out against the opinion shared by judges Clinton and Friedland, which were shared for the first time in an official court document that spanned some 75 pages of legal literature tat was published today, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
From here, the Justice Department could, in fact, attempt to ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for a panel of 11 federal judges to reconsider the federal agency’s request for an emergency stay. Further, the Department of Justice is also able to apply to have its emergency stay request heard by the Supreme Court, though this isn’t very likely to happen, considering that the Supreme Court hears less than one percent of cases that various parties file to have heard by the Supreme Court.