While pleased that the Pentagon has approved military construction funding for the border wall, an immigration enforcement organization expects the anti-borders crowd to try to stop it.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced earlier this week that he has allocated the use of $3.6 billion to build 175 miles of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pentagon officials said half the money will be pulled from military projects in the U.S. and the rest will come from projects in other countries.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform, says defending the nation's border is certainly an issue of national security.
"We know that there are people who will take advantage of that to try to undermine the security of the United States," he tells OneNewsNow. "And it is perfectly legitimate to look at the Pentagon's budget and determine how to best use the funds available to do the greatest good in securing the country and its borders."
But Mehlman expects the open borders lobby to find a court that will rule in their favor.
"They have managed to find activist judges who, in spite of all logic and legal evidence, will enjoin some policy from going into effect," he shares. "These groups have very deep pockets. That is what they are raising funds to do – to simply try to throw sand in the gears – and there's no reason to expect that they're not going to try to do it in this case."
The ACLU has already indicated that it will seek a court order to try to block the funding of what it calls Trump's "xenophobic wall."
According to The Associated Press, the federal government will spend the funds on 11 wall projects in California, Arizona, and Texas – and that the most expensive project ($1.27 billion) will be a 52-mile-long structure in the Laredo, Texas, area.