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Environmental Groups Panic, Plot Next Lawsuits As Trump Admin Waives More Than 30

Kierán Suckling is the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. His group is one suing the Trump administration over the wall.

Environmental groups are in a panic now as the Trump administration has issued a huge decision. The announcement was made today that 30 environmental rules would be waived in order to accelerate the building of the border wall in New Mexico. The groups are being forced to plot their next moves, likely another round of lawsuits.

The Department of Homeland Security published a notice in the Federal Register. They state;

“The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border of the United States.”

Kierán Suckling is the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. His group is one suing the Trump administration over the wall.

Many top environmental rules and requirements were included in this decision which will likely make liberals even angrier. They already believe that President Trump doesn’t care about the environment. Since he is now appearing to disregard those issues in order to keep illegal immigrants out, the left will be doubly upset.

Some of the environmental rules impacted include;

  • The National Environmental Policy Act
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
  • The National Historic Preservation Act
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Archaeological Resources Protection Act
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act
  • The Noise Control Act

With the waivers, work will begin on a 20-mile stretch of the border west of El Paso, Texas. Vehicle barriers that are currently there will be replaced with bollard walls. The DHS notice stated;

“The United States Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector is an area of high illegal entry. The El Paso Sector, therefore, remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to construct border barriers and roads.”

An example of a bollard wall.

One group has already answered the waivers with a statement. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration last year over the building of a portion of the wall in San Diego. They have said;

“Beyond jeopardizing wildlife, endangered species, and public lands, the U.S.-Mexico border wall is part of a larger strategy of ongoing border militarization that damages human rights, civil liberties, native lands, local businesses and international relations.”

Today a lawyer for the group Brian Segee added;

“The Trump administration is stopping at nothing to ram through this destructive border wall. Trump’s divisive border wall is a humanitarian and environmental disaster, and it won’t do anything to stop illegal drug or human smuggling.”

Source: The Washington Examiner