Jul 26, 2019

Supreme Court sides with admin to spend $2.5B from Pentagon for border wall

A US flag at the border wall next to Rio Grande on June 9, 2019. Photo: Herika Martinez/AP/Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote on Friday that the Pentagon can redirect $2.5 billion to build President Trump's long-promised southern border wall.

The big picture: Trump wants roughly $8 billion to build a wall on U.S.-Mexico border, $3.6 billion of which he plans to access with emergency powers.

How we got here: Last month, a federal judge blocked the administration from transferring the $2.5 billion that had been previously reallocated from the Pentagon under Trump's national emergency declaration.

Flashback: In the 2016 election cycle, Trump campaigned on making Mexico pay for the border wall.

Go deeper: What the fight over Trump's border wall is really about

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Number of attempted border crossings drops below 100K

Border Patrol checks the arm of an immigrant from Guatemala. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

In July, the number of migrants arrested or turned away at the southwest border fell below 100,000 — to 82,049– for the first time in 5 months, according to new Homeland Security data.

The big picture: The significant drop in border activity comes as Mexico has cracked down on immigration enforcement following President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods. Guatemala also recently signed a “safe third country“ agreement, which will force more asylum seekers to pursue protection in Guatemala instead of the U.S.

Go deeperArrowAug 8, 2019

Donald Trump on the issues, in under 500 words

Trump at a "MAGA" rally in Florida on May 8. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is running for re-election in 2020. He considers former Vice President Joe Biden to be his top rival. In June, he told Vladimir Putin that Russia shouldn't meddle in the next presidential election.

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Trump, the promise-maker

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

One of President Trump's under-appreciated re-election assets is something all politicians promise but few do: He has largely done precisely what he promised his base he would do.

Why it matters: In our travels around the country, when we push people on why they're sticking with Trump, this is the #1 reason they cite.

Go deeperArrowAug 21, 2019