“Trump Lawyers Urge Supreme Court to Reject Border Wall Case”

“The Trump administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to steer clear of green groups’ complaints about environmental waivers for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Government lawyers told the justices they should deny a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups that say the waivers are unconstitutional.

The dispute centers on the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, or IIRIRA, which allows the Department of Homeland Security to waive the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and other laws to construct barriers and roads along the border with Mexico.

Homeland Security officials have used the law repeatedly in recent years to streamline construction in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California.”

Ellen M. Gilmer reports for Bloomberg Environment May 21, 2020.