SCOTUS Takes a Border Wall Case
The Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases today: Trump v. Sierra Club, Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab, and Lange v. California. The Court took no action (as yet) on a pending petitions challenging election rules in Pennsylvania.
Trump v. Sierra Club is the most prominent of today’s grants, as it concerns the lawfulness of border wall construction. Specifically, the case concerns whether the plaintiffs have a cause of action to challenge the Defense Department’s reallocation of funds to pay for construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and, if so, whether the Defense Department’s actions were lawful. This grant is not particularly surprising. Judge Collins’ dissent on the Ninth Circuit panel below was a de facto cert petition.
Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab concerns a challenge to the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, aka the “remain in Mexico” policy under which asylum seekers can be forced to wait outside the country while their asylum requests are pending. At issue in this case is not only whether the Trump policy is consistent with the relevant statutes, but also whether this policy change was required to go throu
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