The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a waiver on Tuesday that will allow the Trump administration to bypass environmental laws in order to build The Wall™ faster.

The waiver cites a 2005 law which indicates that the DHS can use its authority to set aside laws and regulations when necessary for border infrastructure.

The Hill reports this decision was signed by then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last week. It applies to a 15-mile border segment in the area of San Diego where upgraded fencing, border wall prototypes, and other projects are planned.

After signing the decision last week, Kelly was made White House Chief of Staff.

According to a DHS statement, the San Diego border area “remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to improve current infrastructure and construct additional border barriers and roads.”

While the waiver eliminates DHS’s obligation to comply with various laws with respect to covered projects, the department remains committed to environmental stewardship with respect to these projects,” it added.

“DHS has been coordinating and consulting — and intends to continue doing so — with other federal and state resource agencies to ensure impacts to the environment, wildlife, and cultural and historic artifacts are analyzed and minimized, to the extent possible.”

Due to this, border infrastructure projects are exempt from complying with laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Solid Waste Disposal Act, among others.

The waiver has been used by former President George W. Bush’s administration many times but never by the Obama administration.

Through his campaign, President Trump promised to build The Wall and make Mexico pay for it, a promise which  to date he has only half kept. The Wall will be built, but taxpayers will initially have to pay for it. The House voted last week to appropriate $1.6 billion from taxpayers money to begin the construction of the border wall. Time will tell whether President Trump can force Mexico to pay for The Wall.

Of course, while supporters of the President cheer at the news, opponents begin to cry.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sued the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year claiming it needs to complete an updated environmental review of the southern border infrastructure projects.

“Bulldozing beloved wildlife refuges won’t make us safer, but it will enrage people across the country,” said an attorney with the group Brian Segee. His comments came last week after the House passed the funding measures for the Wall.

Source:
The Hill

  • David Watts

    “Bulldozing beloved wildlife refuges won’t make us safer, but it will enrage people across the country,” said an attorney with the group Brian Segee.”

    You wouldn’t be trying to play on people’s emotions with *that* line, now, would you, B. Segee? The main wildlife on the border seems to be rats… shed a tear for our furry, ratty friends, won’t you?

    • Chesapeake

      The liberals in a Maryland suburb wanted to trap their problem rats and relocate them to farmland near another town in Maryland. That relocation program got shut down pretty fast.

      • David Watts

        “Stop Rat Oppression! Down with the Felixarchy! Fur is Fur! Rats are Real! REEEEE”

    • January

      Would that be the two or four legged rats? You know, a lot of those two legged liberals seem to be part of the “wild” life that I’m praying become labeled “Endangered Species”.

      • David Watts

        lolz…. now we gotta pick which rat is rattiest. That’s actually easy: the 2-legged ones you mentioned are bigger, meaner, and often, more diseased than your average high desert rat. They are indeed “wild”… as in “incoherent.”

        • January

          Trap them darn two legged rats, build the wall and release them on the Southern side of it. Then Trump needs to relocate the four legged furry rats by dropping a hidden trail of cheese all the way to the Governor of California’s mansion and surround it with all those ‘sanctuary dumpsters’. If Jerry Brown doesn’t like that, tell him they are illegals from Mexico looking for sanctuary.

          • David Watts

            I like the way you think! The bigger, fatter rats will surely identify with my beloved Governor…. *sigh*

          • January

            Why thank you. The skinnier ones, feel free to ship them to Mayor Emanuel in Chicago. Hopefully they’ll take over the two legged rats and chase him and his cohorts out of office. I do feel for you too.

          • David Watts

            Big rabid rats chasing a bug-eyed Rahm all around downtown Chi-town is a nice image… 😀 We dare to dream….

          • January

            Even the gang bangers would cheer that one on. I do believe we have a potential sequel to Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift. He could be our ghost writer, Brown & Emanuel would be the main characters and then Milo can push the book for us. Of course we would make more money if we put King’s name on it with ours. Remember….dreams can come true.

          • David Watts

            😀 lol. Since King himself has dropped the ball by trying to outdo J/K Trolling for “Virtue-Signaling Author Of The Year,” we must definitely reclaim his old, good, style. Rahm, working late at night at the Mayor’s office… espies a trap door he never knew about before. Unable to contain his curiosity, the plucky Dem goes down alone… *SKWEEK* ???? ????

          • January

            I love it. lol
            He’s scared ???? and he’s tired, even though he got a couple hours of sleep during the day in his office at City Hall. It’s getting dark in the house and shadows are being cast all over. The shadows don’t scare him, he knows they are from his furniture. They are the same shadows that appear every night when it starts getting dark out. He moved the heavy furniture up against all the doors, boarded up all the windows except this one that he sit by: Watching! The fog has rolled in. The whiteness of the fog has blanketed everything so he can’t see what is coming. They always come with the fog. A dark shape appears on his porch and he knows; their coming for him. The door starts rattling,,, the furniture is being slowly moved away from the door,,,he feels his heart beating like it’s coming out of his chest,,,the door flies open,,,he screams. Nooooo!!! Not you ????????Jerry Brown!!! ???? ????

            I think between us we have a best seller going here. On that note, it’s 1:00 here and I’m going to bed. Goodnight.

          • David Watts

            hee hee! Very good. Good night… 🙂 (like I’ll be able to sleep with that image of Jerry Brown in my head… he’s a human recurring nightmare. Human?) ????

            “They always come with the fog.” Yes, and when you see the shambling figure of “The Pelosi” coming out of The Fog, the terror is paralyzing (or nauseating, take your pick.)

          • January

            Hope you could sleep and Jerry didn’t come and visit. Pelosi,,,ugh!!! I pick nauseating. I should write a short story, using her as a character but with a different name. What I wrote above, a couple sentences came from a short story that I wrote and am doing rewrites on. It’s called “They came with the Fog”. The main character is a woman. It’s kind of like a Stephen King novel that he wrote, “The Girl that Loved Tom Gordon”, but the ending of it, you would never see it coming.

            Pelosi’s character should be a lunatic drunk that made it to Congress and Clinton’s character would be a homicidal maniac with her husband being a serial casanova.

          • David Watts

            Yeah, thank you, I slept fine, cos I had a dream that Gov. Brown opened the Governor’s mansion to 1,000 “undocumented refugees,” and then he disappeared mysteriously right after. ????That sounds a good story, if you ever post it somewhere, I’d like to read it.

            “Clinton’s character would be a homicidal maniac.” So, non-fiction, then? 😉 You could definitely pattern a serial killer after her, at the very least…

          • January

            I will try and post it somewhere but not until after all t he re-writes are done and I feel comfortable with it. One thing I do need to get working on is, I told Daisy I wanted to do a timeline on the history of Israel and would figure a way of posting it. I have a lot of info pulled, now it’s trying to find the time to sit down and put it all together. Good days, I’m out in the yard working, bad days I’m trying to get 5 rooms painted, not to mention those pesty family members bugging me to go do things (I love them). I’m thinking of creating a new facebook page where I can put this stuff on. So when I’m ready, you would be invited out there along with Daisy. I’m thinking with the Israel timeline, if something is missing, then you or Daisy would also be able to update that info.

            The Clinton character, I’d have to do it fiction. I don’t want her suing me. BUT I think I’ll make her a he and Slick Willy a she. Would that make it a transgender fiction?

          • David Watts

            That all sounds great. Though I’m not on Twitter, I am on FB. An Israel timeline sounds like something that could be used as a reference tool in all sorts of ways… I like that idea. If I can help, I will, you know I like a little research action. 🙂

            If you consider the current SJW climate in fiction publishing, a transgender novel might be the only way to get published! But Bubba as a woman? The mind spins…

          • January

            FB would be the route to go. I have a Twitter account but I really don’t go out there. It’s a liberal thing and they seem to be very one sided on who get’s kicked off and who doesn’t. I know you like to research. I’ve picked your brain a couple times. I have a lot collect from Biblical on up. I just need to get it into a doc. From 1948 and current, I really think I’m going to need help with. So much has happened, terrorist attacks, etc., that I want to make sure it’s all documented. You can do all the research you want to help. This week is bad. I have family coming in on Wed. from Colorado through the weekend. That Monday may be just the perfect day to start on the doc. Then I’ll work on the facebook account and see how to get it loaded onto it. Once that is done, I’ll copy the link to the fb page and post it for you and Daisy.

            I just got a vision of Bubba as a woman. lol

          • David Watts

            Excellent, excellent. Sounds like the joint is jumping over there. I’m also trying to do some remodeling here, I know what you mean. Keep us posted, I like this idea… if the Arab world is going to continuously equate the U.S. with Israel, the more we understand its effect in that world, the better we’ll understand the current situation.

            Yeah, I’m not on Twitter for the same reasons: this censorship is getting out of hand, FB and YouTube are bad enough. Also, for verbose people like myself, a character limit is just too stifling, lol…

          • January

            I hear you on the remodeling. Mine is slow in getting done but it’s summer and the yard needs working, not to mention my two two big dogs need to get out of the house.

            I tested a Goggle doc and the link can be posted in fb and opened from there. ???? I will be out here once in awhile this week so I’ll see you out here. I’ll have to let Daisy know what’s going on. Week from tomorrow is my target date to start this and just load the info in.

    • PunJabber

      “Rat” is a racine — I mean racist — slur. You should refer to those of rodent ancestry as “persons of flea” or “plaguo-Americans”. And you should speak to them in Bubonics.

      • David Watts

        Squeak to them, you say? Look, we’ve already designated all city dumps as ‘safe spaces’ for your “plaguo-Americans,” and we’re working on ‘sanctuary dumpsters.’ What more do they want?

        • PunJabber

          What do you mean, “safe spaces”? Haven’t you heard of “shooting rats at the dump”? Why, it’s a lynch-pin of oppression. And don’t get me started on whole categories of Canine Americans who self-identify as Terrierists.

  • DaisyToo

    Yay!

  • Naos

    Yeah, because this isn’t useless as all hell. Let’s see… farms will have to higher more expensive workers, leading to higher prices. Digging under is an option. China had a reason for their wall, Trump does not. But hey, he wants to imitate the authoritarian regime.

    • bigdanxxx2001
      • Naos

        Straw man. I never said anything about minimum wage, moron. However, in the matter of that, minimum wage should increase and decrease as time goes by. As values of currency change.

    • True.Epic.Crusader

      “Digging under is an option.”

      So fun and so convenient, too. No trouble at all, won’t even slow them down.
      Walking accross, digging underneath.. all the same. Stupid useless wall. Damn I’m smart!

    • January

      Maybe they should pay their own US Citizens instead of paying for cheaper labor. Those that want to pay at a cheaper pay rate are the problem with what going on.

      • Naos

        Nope. You are not entitled to a job just because you’re American. If you don’t want to take the pay they’re giving you, you fucking live with it.

        • January

          The laws on the wages paid to a foreign worker here vs an American workers differ. Go study the labor laws and live with it yourself.

  • Billy Plante

    He needs to get rid of the wall idea.
    Instead, he needs to make a moat.

    You dig a channel 100 feet wide, going down 100 feet. You then take the excess dirt, and pile it up on the American side. This will essentially make a 200 foot long wall, that will be muddy as fuck and a nightmare to climb. It will make it much more difficult to tunnel under.

    And this is what you do. You take Americans who are out of work, and get them into courses to teach them how to operate heavy machinery, and you get them to help build it. This would not only create jobs, but also teach valuable skills which they could then go and apply for other jobs once the project is over.

    You also put up guard towers every X distance and put a fence up at the top.

    Makes the project cheaper, it’s a more effective design, creates jobs, teaches skills.