DHS issues waiver to speed up border wall construction in California

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – KELLY COHEN

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it has issued a waiver to expedite the construction of barriers at certain areas of the U.S.-Mexico border.

DHS said it waived “certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers” at the international border near Calexico, California.

According to DHS, the waiver dealt with environmental, natural resource and land management laws.

The border infrastructure projects would be in the U.S. Border Patrols’ El Centro Sector in California, an area where more than 19,400 illegal immigrants were arrested and thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine were seized in the last fiscal year. According to DHS, the waiver will help the Trump administration protect the border by starting work on a wall in that area.

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