National Wildlife Refuges

Conservation Groups Challenge Chertoff's Waiver Power as Unconstitutional

(11/01/2007) -

WASHINGTON – Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club stepped up their efforts to save crucial environmental protections as well as unique wildlife and lands along the U.S.-Mexico border. The groups have filed an amended complaint in U.S. district court which challenges as unconstitutional the Bush administration’s power to single-handedly waive any and all United States laws to continue construction of border wall segments in environmentally sensitive areas.

Bush administration ignores laws to continue construction of border wall in protected public conservation area

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to waive laws in response to federal judge’s decision halting border wall construction in San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

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