An Barack Obama appointed judge has dismissed a lawsuit by several conservation groups trying to slow down Trump's border wall progress.
A federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Trump administration by multiple conservation groups challenging its use of land waivers in New Mexico and Texas to expedite the construction of border walls, court records show.
During a hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled to dismiss the lawsuit brought about by officials with the Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based environmentalist group, Southwest Environmental Center, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, who sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last March to challenge waivers executed by the agency in its efforts to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a prepared statement, Jean Su, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said they were discouraged by the decision by the court; but their fight was far from over.
The lawsuit, which was filed March 22, 2018, challenges the administration’s wall waivers, which they claimed was granted in 2006, but no longer applied because it only applied to border wall construction under the 2006 Secure Fence Act. This set into motion the construction of 700 miles of border barriers during that time.
The lawsuit specifically challenged the DHS waiver of 25 laws to speed construction of 20 miles of border wall in eastern New Mexico, where DHS wanted to convert vehicle barriers into bollard walls along the border west of El Paso at the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry.