28 Feb '18, 5pm

Judge Allows Trump to Waive Environmental Laws to Build Border Wall

A federal judge in San Diego ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can waive a slew of environmental laws and other regulations to build the president's highly vaunted U.S.-Mexico border wall in California . Federal laws waived by the Department of Homeland Security for construction of a border wall include the Endangered Species Act , the Clean Air Act , the Migratory Bird Treaty Act , the Antiquities Act and many more. In his 101-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo said the Department of Homeland Security has broad authority to issue waivers to build border barriers. "Both Congress and the Executive share responsibilities in protecting the country from terrorists and contraband illegally entering at the borders. Border barriers, roads, and detection equipment help provide a measure of deterrence against illegal entries," Curiel wrote. The decision from Curiel—...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/border-wall-mexico-2540848560.html

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