Groups claimed law that allows government to prioritize security over conservation violated Constitution…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from conservation and environmental groups seeking to block the construction of President Trump’s border wall.
The group appealed a lower court ruling after U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel upheld a federal law that allows the government to prioritize security over conservation, giving the Trump administration the power to waive environmental laws to construct the wall.
The environmental groups claimed the law violated the Constitution, but Curiel ruled that Trump did not exceed his authority.
The Supreme Court has decided to uphold Curiel’s ruling and declined to consider the group’s appeal, according to the Washington Examiner.
President Trump has been working with congressional Republicans to cut a deal that will allocate $5 billion for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
If Congress doesn’t include border wall funding in the next government spending bill, Trump threatened a “possible shutdown if we don’t get the wall.”
Congress must pass seven appropriations bills before Dec. 7 or several government agencies will face funding obstacles, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the State Department.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to approve $1.6 billion for the wall, but Trump said that isn’t enough.
“The number is larger for border security,” Trump told POLITICO.
Trump said the border wall is more important than ever, especially with the ongoing flood of Central American migrant caravans rushing toward the U.S. border.
“I don’t do anything … just for political gain,” Trump said. “But I will tell you, politically speaking, that issue is a total winner. People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave Border Patrol folks — I think that it’s a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed. So we have to have border security.”