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Supreme Court declines to halt Trump border wall

(Noted News) A divided Supreme Court on Friday allowed continued construction of a portion of President Donald Trump’s border wall while legal challenges are underway.  The Supreme Court declined to block the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in reallocated Pentagon funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

In a 5-4 ruling that broke along ideological lines, the court’s conservative majority denied a bid by interest groups to halt construction after a federal appeals court last month said the use of defense funding for the project is illegal. Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

This opinion represents a loss for environmental groups represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and serves as a win for Trump on the border wall topic, who has made the construction of the wall a key focus in his presidential platform.

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