Suit aims to block bor­der wall work

Groups claim ad­min­is­tra­tion over­stepped its author­ity

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

SAN DIEGO — Three ad­vo­cacy groups have sued the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to block con­struc­tion of a bor­der wall with Mex­ico, al­leg­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion over­stepped its author­ity by waiv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views.

The law­suit filed Thurs­day by the Sierra Club, De­fend­ers of Wildlife and An­i­mal Le­gal De­fense Fund seeks to pre­vent con­struc­tion of wall pro­to­types in San Diego be­fore it be­gins. It also asks that plans for re­place­ment fenc­ing in San Diego and Calex­ico, Cal­i­for­nia, be halted.

The claims largely mir­ror those in a law­suit filed by an­other ad­vo­cacy group, the Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity.

U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion says it won’t com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion. The gov­ern­ment has waived en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views seven times un­der a 2005 law to speed con­struc­tion of bor­der bar­ri­ers, in­clud­ing twice un­der Trump.

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