Trump Administration Wins Appeal, Pushes Border Fence Projects Forward

By Michel Marizco
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:19pm
Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:27pm

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Border fence construction projects funded by $3.6 billion pulled from military projects can go forward after the Trump administration won a case in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Trump administration vowed to continue work on various stretches of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after a ruling in its favor by an appeals court freed up construction money.

A lower court had stopped construction on 175 miles of the southwest border in areas along all four border states.

The U.S. government sought to use $3.6 billion from more than 100 military construction projects to pay for the buildup.

The 5th Circuit of Appeals cited an earlier ruling last summer by the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a similar injunction that hindered the project.

In Arizona, the funding will go toward construction of new barricades around Yuma.