WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court leaves behind a decision rejecting the challenge of environmental groups for parts of the wall that the Trump administration is building on the U.S. border with Mexico.
The Supreme Court declined to appeal on Monday with the construction of 145 miles (233 kilometers) of steel bollard walls along the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southwest Environmental Center had challenged a federal law allowing the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive all laws necessary to allow rapid construction of boundary fencing to make. The groups had argued that this is contrary to the separation of powers from the Constitution. However, a lower court dismissed the case.
This is not the first time that the Supreme Court has addressed the construction of boundary walls during the Trump administration. Last year, the Supreme Court gave the administration the go-ahead to tap into billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to replace barriers along the Mexican border in Arizona, California and New Mexico with more robust fencing.
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