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DHS Bypasses Environmental Regs to Start Border Wall Construction

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Can't wait to see some progress. Glad to see they are doing what they can to expedite the construction.

I wonder how long this thing will take to build.

Trump has been known to get things done well ahead of schedule. 

 

 

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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.

Breitbart Texas reported in July that preparations for the prototype construction projects are underway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began drilling and taking soil samples to determine what particular type of wall would be compatible with specific geographic regions. DHS previously classified the San Diego and Rio Grande Valley Sectors as priorities for early development of President Trump’s promised border walls. The president asked for $1.6 billion for the FY 2018 budget to build walls, primarily in South Texas, Breitbart Texas reported  in May.

DHS reported the San Diego Sector is one of the most active areas for both human and drug smuggling. “In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 31,000 illegal aliens and seized 9,167 pounds of marijuana and 1,317 pounds of cocaine in the San Diego Sector,” officials wrote.

In approving the waivers officials cited the IIRIRA law:

Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress has called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

This waiver eliminates the DHS’s “obligation to comply” with several laws in regards to the projects described above. “the Department remains committed to environmental stewardship with respect to these projects,” officials stated. “DHS has been coordinating and consulting — and intends to continue doing so — with other federal and state resource agencies to ensure impacts to the environment, wildlife, and cultural and historic artifacts are analyzed and minimized, to the extent possible.”

 

 

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Before any of lefty brigade screams about this, Obama gave the wind turbine industry a carte Blanche pass to exterminate hapless bird life that happened to fly into turbine blades.

 

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Some commie judge will issue an order to cease construction. Not based on need, rather strictly political purposes. They can claim that the pygmy mantis beetle would be adversely affected and order a study to take place. That is usually how these things go. Snail darter.

After all the years of promises to build a wall, we are finally close to realizing a wall. John McCain has been promising a wall just before every election cycle, and look how popular he is with the leftists.

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I'd much prefer immigration reform and a sweep to clean up, clean out, and deport all of those overstaying visas and living here illegally.  

Sanctuary cities dont sit well in my craw either.  

The wall could be a small piece of that effort, and it has some beneficial optics.  

 

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The wall is symbolic as much as it a real preventative measure.

That being said, I applaud the effort and hope the project gets fast tracked to start construction ASAP. 

I hope they are looking into crocodile infested moats as well. 

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2 minutes ago, Sparky said:

The wall is symbolic as much as it a real preventative measure.

That being said, I applaud the effort and hope the project gets fast tracked to start construction ASAP. 

I hope they are looking into crocodile infested moats as well. 

^^^Medieval 

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Let's not forget folks.  In addition to deterring ILLEGAL Aliens from entering our country, ILLEGALLY, this is also one of those highly coveted (by the Left) INFRASTRUCTURE projects that will bring high paying jobs into the community.  Its a win/win/win.

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Environmental review requirements have been waived before for border projects; five times under Bush. This one pertains to 14 contiguous miles near San Diego. It's a combo of new and replace. Doesn't sound like a biggie to me.

But don't go thinking DHS will be able to waive all requirements for a new 1200 miles of wall. There's gonna be fights like crazy over that...States vs feds, eminent domain, all kinds of things.

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