Federal judge rules on challenge to Trump’s border wall

Feb 27, 2018  BY KAT SHEPHERD


The Trump administration can mark a win Tuesday after a federal judge ruled against an environmental challenge to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

With the decision, the administration can issue waivers on environmental laws and construction plans can move forward.

From Fox NewsThe case involved the Trump administration’s ability to ignore environmental laws in the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project had been challenged by several environmental groups and the state of California. 

Of the ruling, the report notes:  In a 101-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel wrote that both Congress and the executive branch “share responsibilities in protecting the country from terrorists and contraband illegally entering at the borders.”

DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley made a statement Tuesday, saying: “Border security is paramount to stemming the flow of illegal immigration that contributes to rising violent crime and to the drug crisis, and undermines national security.”

“Congress gave authority to the Department of Homeland Security to construct a border wall without delay to prevent illegal entry into the United States, and we are pleased DHS can continue this important work vital to our nation’s interests,” O’Malley continued.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office “will evaluate all of our options” to decide what to do next.