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High Court Overrides Environmental Concerns to Speed Border Wall

July 29, 2019, 6:28 PM

The Supreme Court ruling that cleared Donald Trump’s administration to start using disputed Pentagon funds for fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border will “really accelerate” progress on the president’s wall project, the top Department of Homeland Security official said.

Meanwhile, segments that have already been built are “providing significant new operational capability and helping us control some high-traffic areas of the border,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

A 5-4 Supreme Court ruling issued late July 26 said Trump could start using $2.5 billion to construct more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) of fencing,...

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