The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case on Monday arguing that a key law giving President Donald Trump authority to build a border wall is unconstitutional.
The three conservation groups petitioned the high court in August after losing their battle in lower court, arguing a 1996 law providing the secretary of Homeland Security with “the authority to waive all legal requirements” she “determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers” violated the separation of powers.
Build it and strictly enforce all our immigrationlaws https://t.co/iwkLbcmTaq
— Sherman Graves (@ShermanGraves) December 3, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies.
The justices’ declined to hear the groups’ appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife.
Their lawsuits said construction operations would harm plants, rare wildlife habitats, threatened coastal birds like the snowy plover and California gnatcatcher, and other species such as fairy shrimp and the Quino checkerspot butterfly.
Trump has clashed with U.S. lawmakers, particularly Democrats, over his plans for an extensive and costly border wall that he has called necessary to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Congress, controlled by the president’s fellow Republicans, has not yet provided him the amount of money he wants.
The president has threatened a government shutdown unless lawmakers provide $5 billion in funding. More
All of a sudden they are concerned about the birds? How many are killed by solar panels and windmills every year?
When are these liberals going to stop wasting everyone’s time and money? At least they got slapped down. At some point, we have to close the border permanently, or there will be no America left for our children and grandchildren.
— Collie Gave (@bodykula8) December 3, 2018