Justices to Review Wall Spending, ‘Remain in Mexico’

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The Supreme Court will take up two challenges to President Donald Trump’s immigration initiatives, his diversion of military funds to pay for construction of the southern border wall, and a policy that has required tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims are processed, reports the Washington Post. The Trump administration had asked the court to intervene in both because of decisions against it in lower courts. In both cases, the justices have allowed the administration to proceed with its plans while the merits of the issues were litigated. In July, the court rejected an effort by environmentalists to stop the ongoing construction of parts of the border wall. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in June that the administration’s use for the wall of Defense Department funds was unlawful.

By the time the court hears the case, the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, says the Trump administration will have used all of the money. The administration said it was important for it to weigh in to correct the decision that the president did not have the authority to redirect military funds to pay for border wall construction. Last March, the court granted the Trump administration’s emergency request to let it enforce its Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “remain-in-Mexico” policy. That allows the Department of Homeland Security to return immigrants who cross at the southern border to Mexico while they wait for their claims to be heard.

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