A federal judge has just dismissed an environmental challenge brought by California to the Trump administration’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, green-lighting the construction plans.
Judge Gonzalo Curiel argued in an 101 page-ruling that both the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress have a responsibility in protecting the nation’s borders, keeping terrorists out, and preventing illegal contraband.
The lawsuit put on hold the construction because the Trump administration trampled some environmental rules. The plaintiffs include the state of California and several environmental nonprofits.
After the decision Tuesday, the federal government will be able to issue waivers that will allow it to start building parts of the border wall even if the work infringes environmental laws.
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice noted that border security is a critical thing to do in stemming the tidal wave of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border. Illegal immigration has often been tied to drug trafficking and spikes in violent crimes, while it undermines the U.S.’ national security.
California Slams ‘Medieval’ Border Wall
DOJ underlined that the Department of Homeland Security is in charge of the border wall as it has congressional approval. After the recent ruling the agency can continue the project which was deemed “vital to our nation’s interests.”
After the ruling, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state would take all steps necessary to ensure that Californians, their values, and economy are protected against “federal overreach.”
A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century,
the AG said.
One of the groups that challenged the wall, the Center for Biological Diversity, labeled the decision ‘disappointing’ and vowed to challenge it for the sake of local communities and wildlife. The group too accused the Trump administration of federal overreach in the effort to build a “destructive, senseless wall.”
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