A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on a bid to halt military funding for construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall as the pace of construction raises questions about whether time is running out for the administration’s critics.
The administration has begun work on 129 miles (206 kilometers) of Pentagon-funded projects in California, Arizona and New Mexico since the Supreme Court ruled in July that construction can proceed during a legal challenge.
The Pentagon has diverted $6.1 billion to pay for construction since Trump declared a national emergency on the border in February. Trump says he plans to have about 500 miles (800 kilometers) built by the end of his term in 2020. As of Nov. 1, about 78 miles (125 kilometers) were completed to replace existing barriers.