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 border wall construction pushed by his predecessor. The Biden administration had argued that the Supreme Court did not need to weigh in on the case concerning border wall funding since the project was shuttered 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.
“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.