Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Donald Trump's Plan to Use $3.6 Billion for Border Wall

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday advised a lower court to reconsider earlier decisions that blocked an estimated $3.6 billion from being used for construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall championed by former President Donald Trump.

After taking office in January, President Joe Biden has sought to halt funding for the border wall construction that was pushed by his predecessor. The Biden administration had argued that the Supreme Court did not need to weigh in on the border wall funding case because the project was closed down by the new administration.

But the Court's Monday ruling called for a reassessment of the case, given the new circumstances under which the project is being considered and with a different administration in the White House.

The Supreme Court returned the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit "with instructions to direct the District Court to vacate its judgments," the Supreme Court wrote in its Monday order.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Biden administration in a case dealing with funding for former President Donald Trump's border wall. Above, construction at the wall with Mexico in Sasabe, Arizona, on January 12. Micah Garen/Getty Images

"The District Court should consider what further proceedings are necessary and appropriate in light of the changed circumstances in this case," the Supreme Court added. The Court did not provide an explanation for its decision beyond mentioning the change in circumstances under which the case has been considered.

Key to the arguments surrounding the future of the border wall's construction is the funding sources Trump's administration directed to support it. Billions in military funding were allocated to the project during Trump's time in office, with the wall's 400th mile celebrated by the former president just days before he left the White House.

In his order pausing wall construction, which he issued the day of his inauguration, Biden mentioned questions that have been raised about the legality of the wall's funding.

"It shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall," Biden's order said. "I am also directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to construct a southern border wall."

In April, the U.S. Department of Defense said it was canceling border wall construction projects that were intended to proceed with funds "originally intended for military missions and projects." Two months later, the DOD redirected $2.2 billion of that funding to other projects.

Although construction of the border wall has officially been halted for months, some proponents of the project have continued to push for other ways to tackle it. In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to build a wall in his state, and by Monday the state had raised more than $54 million to do so.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not hear back before publication.

Update (10/4/2021, 1:15 ET): This story has been updated with additional information and background.