Trump administration announces completion of 100 miles of border wall construction

Nellie Chapman
January 14, 2020

The company's president, Tommy Fisher, wants to spend $40 million on the private border wall - originally promoted by a pro-Trump online fundraising group - to prove that his company can build barriers more effectively.

The court noted that the Supreme Court in July had stayed a similar injunction, clearing the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of border wall. We know that the lower courts are full of judicial activism. She said Border Patrol agents will now be able to stop illegal activity because border walls work.

According to a report from CNN, there has been a push within the White House to refer to the completed portions of the border wall as a "new wall", to push back against criticisms.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan has previously said he feels "no pressure from the administration to build more miles of wall".

Administration officials insist the maneuver became legal after Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border in February 2019.

The President declared a national emergency previous year and turned to the Pentagon for funding after the House of Representatives refused to allocate all the money he was looking for for the construction of the wall.

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White House officials are hopeful that drawing funds from other projects appropriated by Congress will raise enough money to pay for the wall.

Building a wall along the border with Mexico was one of the central proposals of his immigration plan when running for president, and it is a policy the president still often cites to fire up crowds at rallies.

And protracted legal battles are not the only thing slowing down construction.

"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. "Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!" The Trump administration has sent letters to dozens of residences in California, New Mexico and Texas notifying owners that the government is going to survey their land for future border barriers, two USA defense officials told CNN late a year ago.

While the White House on Thursday celebrated the appeals court's ruling, saying it rightfully lifted an "illegitimate nationwide injunction", Crane's ruling actually went against the USA government's position.

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