California’s federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration in lawsuits brought by state and environmental groups challenging the U.S. government’s authority to start immediate construction of barriers along the border with Mexico.
A 2-1 vote in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 gives the Department of Homeland Security broad authority to construct the border barriers and waive environmental laws in the process.
The appeals court decision also impacts the path for environmental groups to launch legal challenges to The President proposed border wall.
The district court’s decision allows the federal government to construct wall “prototypes” in San Diego and replace primary fencing near Calexico, California.
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