Environmental Rules to be Waived for Border Fence
Posted by Joshua Price on April 2, 2008
The Bush administration will use its authority to bypass more than 30 laws and regulations in an effort to finish building 670 miles of fence along the southwest U.S. border by the end of this year, federal officials said Tuesday.
Invoking the two legal waivers _ which Congress authorized _ will cut through bureaucratic red tape and sidestep environmental laws that currently stand in the way of the Homeland Security Department building 267 miles of fencing in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, according to officials familiar with the plan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly about it.
Well it looks this is another example of public outrage working. It’s a small step, but a step nonetheless. And yes, this should have been completed by now, but better late than never.
Here’s what our Homeland Security stooge had to say on the issue:
“Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement. “These waivers will enable important security projects to keep moving forward.”
Where has this sense of urgency been? In order to answer that you have to understand that Chertoff’s abject ineffectiveness is part of the problem. Plus it’s no secret that Bush doesn’t really want this fence, but too bad.