To avoid years-long environmental studies, President Trump and The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plan to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump’s border wall.
It’s the portion of the wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, Reuters reported.
Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for 32 miles (51 km) of new border wall in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, where the 2,000-acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is located.
There are exemptions in that law under the Real ID Act as a result of the 9/11 Commission.
The Real ID Act also allows the secretary of Homeland Security to exempt CBP from adhering to the Endangered Species Act, which unnecessarily holds up progress and impedes on private property rights with extraordinary rules and regulations.
The money for the wall has been appropriated but Congress hasn’t yet approved it. Some Republicans have promised Democrats they will not approve it. There will also be endless lawsuits.
The Texas Observer first reported on July 14 that the CBP was testing soil in Santa Ana to prepare for the wall. CBP hopes to start building the wall before the end of 2017.
The CBP’s Acting Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in testimony to Congress on June 13 the agency’s activities building the wall would include “environmental planning.”
There are 400 species of birds and ocelots that are dwindling in population. The leftists seem to think we have to save every species of plant and animal on earth, even at the expense of humankind. However, the CPB can protect ocelots without conforming to extreme regulations.
The goal of these enviro studies by these regressives is to halt progress.