President Trump promised to build a massive wall along our southern border to help get illegal immigration under control while stemming the flow of illegal drugs into our country, and he’s not about to let the environmental whackjobs stand in the way of his promise.
The wall has to pass through a roughly 30-mile stretch of land that would require an environmental impact study to be done, which would hold up construction for years. Such studies are required under the National Environmental Policy Act; however, the President is going to be using a loophole to sidestep the requirement, which isn’t going to make the tree huggers too happy.
From the Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump plans to use anti-terror law to avoid undergoing a years-long environmental impact study for a large section of a border wall that is expected to travel through a wildlife refuge, Reuters reported Friday night.
Trump will use a 2005 anti-terror law created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack to sidestep an environmental impact study for a 32-mile portion of the border wall, sources told Reuters. The proposed section will pass through the 2,000-acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge near the southern tip of Texas.
The area is home to 400 species of birds as well as a dwindling population of federally protected ocelots. There are only about 50 ocelots remaining in the U.S., according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Anonymous sources told Reuters that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) would rely on the exemptions provided to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the guises of the Real ID Act, which would help the government build the wall without waiting several years for permission.
For those unaware, border wall construction has already started, but you probably wouldn’t know because the President had Russian dressing on his salad the other day. The Army Corps of Engineers has already begun doing soil samples and preparing for the first sections of the wall to be built in El Paso; Santa Teresa, N.M.; Calexico, Calif.; and the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, and it’s already been completed in El Paso and Calexico.
The same preparations will begin in the San Diego area in August.