And they said it couldn’t, wouldn’t be done. Of course, with all the flack coming from left wing environmentalists, well, this wouldn’t even be a fantasy in a leftist administration. But someone, somewhere is skirting the environmentalist and ground is breaking.
Breitbart has the word.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed a waiver of environmental regulations on Tuesday to allow construction of upgrades to the border wall and new wall prototype projects to break ground.
The department issued the waivers to bypass “certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international border near San Diego,” according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from DHS officials.
DHS stated the agency has the authority to waive these requirements under laws passed by Congress to enable securing the border with Mexico. That authority stems from Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), signed by then-President Bill Clinton. Congress updated the law five times under the George W. Bush Administration.
The waiver allows construction to proceed in the San Diego Sector where upgrades to existing border fences are already approved. The waivers will also allow new border wall prototype projects to begin construction immediately, officials stated.
And The Hill adds:
Trump’s border wall proposal has angered numerous groups, including conservationists who object to the environmental impact.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sued DHS earlier this year, saying that it needs to complete an updated environmental review of its southern border infrastructure projects.
“Bulldozing beloved wildlife refuges won’t make us safer, but it will enrage people across the country,” Brian Segee, an attorney with the group, said last week after the House passed its funding measure.
The conservation group in June formally threatened to sue DHS over its plans for border wall prototypes in the San Diego area.
Those prototypes were supposed to start construction in the summer, but have been pushed back to November.
Looks like you can chalk one up for the good guys and the tree huggers take it on the chin.