Our fears of the border wall are coming closer and closer. Thr Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed a waiver of environmental regulations on Tuesday. What does that mean? It allows construction of upgrades to the border wall and new wall prototype projects are available to break ground.
Department Issued Waivers to Skirt the Law
The DHA issued these 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 our lovely hilarious source Breitbart who got their info DHS officials. So basically, it sounds illegal. The DHA stated it has the authority to issue these waivers and bypass Congressional laws so they can “enable securing the border with Mexico.” Their supposed authority (still sounds illegal) comes from Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that was signed by Bill Clinton. Congress then updated the law five times under the G. W. Bush Administration.
Border fences already exist around the border but this will enable upgrades to those sectors, including San Diego. New border wall prototypes will begin construction immediately. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already begun drilling and taking soil samples to determine what type of wall would be beneficial for the geographic region. DHA has said the priority is the San Diego and Rio Grande Valley areas. Trump has asked for 1.6 billion for the wall budget which is primarily in South Texas.
The reason why the San Diego section is getting upgraded first is that it’s the highest area for smuggling, both humans and drugs. “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. But who knows if those numbers are fudged to make themselves look better. “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.”
Yeah we’ll see about that. No one believes it after you cut all funding for national parks and wildlife preservation.