Former President Donald Trump emphasized his plan to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but his political opponents have attempted to stymie the project in any way possible.
Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has reportedly decided not to hear Trump’s appeal in the case of Trump v. Sierra Club.
Details of the case
According to the Washington Examiner, the case hinges on the then-president’s 2019 effort to secure border wall funding by declaring a national emergency.
That decision sparked a lawsuit from the Sierra Club, which challenged Trump’s authority to use the National Emergencies Act to divert money toward the border wall project.
Lower courts have ruled against Trump, declaring that he violated the Constitution’s separation of powers clause intended to give Congress the sole power to approve spending measures. As a result, an injunction was ordered that brought additional wall construction to a halt while the case was being litigated.
The U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on that injunction in 2019, however, determining that the Sierra Club possibly lacked the necessary standing to bring the lawsuit in the first place.
Last year, the high court denied a request to lift its stay, and the Trump administration subsequently challenged the Sierra Club over its perceived lack of standing. Supreme Court justices were set to hear Trump’s arguments at some point this year.
“In light of the changed circumstances”
In an announcement on Friday, the court announced that it would instead send the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with instructions to vacate its judgment.
Justices further ordered a district court to “consider what further proceedings are necessary and appropriate in light of the changed circumstances in this case,” as the Examiner reported.
The most notable change in the dispute is that Trump is no longer in office.
Since his inauguration, President Joe Biden has made it his goal to overturn as many of Trump’s immigration and border policies as possible, including the ongoing construction of a border wall. This development has effectively rendered the Sierra Club’s court challenge moot, prompting the Supreme Court to pass on hearing further testimony.
Now, legal questions about the underlying issue will remain on the back burner — at least until the U.S. elects a president who pursues a strategy similar to that of the Trump administration.