Unfortunately, in these times the Left is weaponizing immigration not only pushing for more legal immigrants from countries where migrants would tend to vote Democrat, but Leftist activists lie to central and south Americans in order to encourage them to migrate to the United States illegally where they can be taken advantage of in order to not only inflate the U.S. Census but also to do the Left’s bidding (i.e. slave labor). Regardless of your views about immigration, not only is the aforementioned action wrong, it is also abhorrent that environmentalist groups, like the Sierra Club, also weaponize endangered species and other environmental laws in order to halt efforts to defend the United States such as constructing a wall along the U.S.’s southern border with Mexico. Stopping the wall only helps criminals and terrorists, including human smugglers.
Environmentalists ask Supreme Court to stop funding of border wall construction
By Robert Barnes July 22, 2020, The Washington Post
Environmentalists are making a last-ditch effort at the Supreme Court to stop the continued construction of parts of President Trump’s border wall.
The Sierra Club asked the justices to undo their decision from a year ago that allowed construction, now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the administration’s use of funds for the wall is unlawful.
Without the Supreme Court’s action, say lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the Trump administration could simply run out the clock.
“The Trump administration has lost in every lower court but is still rushing to complete the president’s border wall before the Supreme Court can review the merits of this case,” said Dror Ladin, an ACLU lawyer. “If the administration succeeds, there will be no border wall construction left to stop by the time the Supreme Court hears this case.”
A panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled last month that Trump’s transfer last year of $2.5 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction was an illegal overreach of executive authority.
Trump, who ran for office in 2016 promising that Mexico would pay for the border wall, has obtained more than $15 billion in U.S. federal funds for his signature project, including $5 billion provided by Congress through conventional appropriations. The president has tapped into Pentagon accounts for the remaining $10 billion, including the $2.5 billion transfer last year that the Ninth Circuit said was unlawful.
Last summer, the Supreme Court on a 5-to-4 vote allowed the administration to proceed with the transfers and contracts for construction even though House Democrats, affected states and environmental groups said that violated the will of Congress, which withheld the funds from the administration.
PHOTO CREDIT: By U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Construction Continues on the Replacement Border Wall near the Tecate Port of Entry, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80783012