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Supremes Refuse to hear Environmentalists challenging Trump Wall

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from conservation and animal protection groups challenging the Trump administration’s power to bypass state and local environmental laws in building a border wall.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity argued the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act violates the separation of powers established by the Constitution.

The law, which Congress passed in 1996 to deter illegal crossings in high-activity border areas, grants the secretary of Homeland Security sweeping authority to waive all legal requirements inhibiting the expeditious construction of the border wall and restricts judicial review of such determinations.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments for many high profile cases when it comes to immigration in 2019.

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