Monday, August 27, 2018

Green Groups Ask Supreme Court To Stop Trump Border Wall

AP Photo/Ariel Tu
Environmental groups begged the Supreme Court on Thursday to step in and block construction on President Trump’s border wall, saying he’s circumventing dozens of laws designed to protect everything from wildlife to Native American graves.
The groups lost a challenge in a lower court, and said it’s up to the justices to step in and block Mr. Trump before his wall goes too far.
They say the government is abusing a 2005 law that allows Homeland Security to waive environmental laws when it comes to building border barriers.
“Trump’s abuse of power and dangerous fixation with the border wall have to be reined in before it causes even more devastation,” said Brian Segee, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump can’t wave a wand and ignore bedrock environmental and public-health laws. Hopefully the Supreme Court will take this case so these critical constitutional issues can be addressed.”
The waivers have been used by past administrations to build much of the fencing that already exists on the border. But Mr. Trump’s plans for a massive expansion of hundreds of miles of new and replacement walls have reignited the controversy.
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