Trump administration reaches 100-mile mark for new border wall construction

Trump administration reaches 100-mile mark for new border wall construction

Trump administration reaches 100-mile mark for new border wall construction

President Donald Trump's planned USA border wall with Mexico got another boost after a federal appeals court lifted an order that had blocked his use of $3.6 billion in military construction funds. "We are committed to keeping our borders secure, and we will finish the wall".

The center's case was heard Thursday alongside a separate lawsuit brought by the government on behalf of the International Boundary and Water Commission.

"The 100 miles we celebrate today are only the first of many more miles to come", said Wolf, who visited the part of the wall in Yuma, Arizona. Crane wrote that the claims against the private company were "highly speculative and not proof of substantial success on the merits".

"Al of this new wall that we're building is a huge deterrent and, frankly, it stops illegal drugs and criminal aliens from coming into the country", he said.

The court noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had stayed an injunction last July by a federal judge in California over a similar border wall case.

The Trump administration has set a goal to complete 450 miles of the wall by the end of 2020.

Trump administration officials on Friday touted the 100th mile (161st kilometer) of border wall to be built since the president took office as crossings have continued to drop.

A NY appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling blocking the Trump Administration from enacting a new regulation making it easier to deny green cards and visas to immigrants.

Last February, Trump declared a national emergency in order to divert about $6 billion from military projects to build the wall, but the Senate voted to block the reappropriation.

In a statement shared with Newsweek, Protect Democracy Counsel Kristy Parker lamented the appeals court's decision to stay the injunction, saying: "A court has already determined that the government can't lawfully use military construction funds to build Trump's border wall". That was after Congress refused to earmark more than $1.375 billion to construct a physical barrier on the southern border.

In the 2020 spending package passed in December, Congress maintained border wall funding at $1.3 billion, far below Trump's request, which he had upped to $8.6 billion.

The decision by a three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to maintain the sole nationwide injunction blocking the so-called "public charge" rule is a victory for critics of the proposed regulation, which they say would disproportionately affect low-income immigrants and people of color seeking to move to the U.S.

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