Border walls and border barriers are absolute disasters for wildlife and the environment…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) With the ink barely dry on President Donald Trump’s spending bill signature, leftist environmental groups are already aiming to sue over his promise to declare a “national emergency” in order to fund a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border.
In fact, the paperwork is starting to pile up as several frivolous lawsuits from the eco-justice activists already have been dismissed.
Earthjustice president Abigail Dillen said her group of environmental lawyers is ready to take Trump to court and “use the full power of the law” to challenge his “cynical” move.
“The federal government has already waived dozens of laws to build destructive, polluting and unnecessary border barriers, and now, this administration is shoving aside the Constitution to try to build a symbol of hate,” Dillen said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Trump announced on Friday that he will use his executive authority to declare a national emergency to allocate billions of dollars from the Defense Department for the construction of a wall along the southern border.
Several environmental groups have already tried to sue Trump over his wall proposal—but none have been successful. On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from the North American Butterfly Association that sought to block the administration’s construction plans.
The organization claimed the government violated its Fourth Amendment rights by entering a “butterfly sanctuary” without consent, but U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said the constitutional amendment “offers little refuge for unenclosed land near one of the country’s external borders.”
“No factual allegations suggest that the defendant entered or searched without consent any physical structures on the Center’s property,” the judge ruled.
The Center for Biological Diversity is also suing the Trump administration because the wall could hurt the “migration of species, which is often essential for their survival.”
An appeals court in Arizona ruled against the group’s attempt last week.
“Border walls and border barriers are absolute disasters for wildlife and the environment,” Laiken Jordahl, a spokesperson for the group, told KVOA, a local MSNBC News affiliate.