The Trump administration has waived certain legal requirements to continue the construction of the border wall. The environmental group that opposes the barriers said that abandoning the regulations would damage wildlife in the area and challenge the authorities provided to the Department of Homeland Security.
“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court will not consider the Trump administration’s flagrant abuse of the law to quickly build the border wall,”
One of the other challenging groups, Jason Rylander, a senior endangered species consultant at the Dedefenders of Wildlife, said they were “disappointed” by Monday’s decision.
“We had hoped that now is the time for the court to deal with serious constitutional issues related to the current government’s exemption from environmental laws to speed up the construction of the border wall. Unfortunately, they did not do this, but we believe there are still serious problems.” He added This is the “end point” for this particular challenge.
The core question of the lawsuit dismissed by the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the power granted to the Minister of Homeland Security to waive the legal requirements of the construction boundary barrier violates the constitutional separation of powers. The lower court stated that the authorities did not violate the separation of powers.
The Trump administration is not the first to abandon certain legal requirements to speed up the construction of the wall along the southwest border. But the case filed involves a waiver decision issued in 2018 and 2019.
The Supreme Court’s petition challenged whether the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to waive federal law to set up barriers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas was constitutional.