The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Trump administration on Monday, this was in responses to a case challenging the use of waivers used by DHS in the building of a wall along the southern border of the United States.
The State of California and a few environmental groups lost when they sued President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security in September of 2017, the lawsuit was to stop construction of a border wall and any repairs to already existing walls near San Diego, citing that the administration had exceeded it’s authority by giving waivers for the projects instead of doing the required environmental studies and taking into account the proper factors for the building of the wall.
The 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of DHS and the President, with the dissenting judge Consuelo Callahan writing that she supported President Trump’s position, but that the court lacked the jurisdiction to review California’s appeal.
Under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, DHS has the authority to install additional barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States Border.
Written by Shaemus