Build it: DHS clears two more regulatory hurdles to border wall construction with new waivers

thenationalsentinel.com | 5/15/2019 | Staff
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The Trump administration is working diligently to clear regulatory hurdles in a bid to hasten the construction of the president’s requested border wall.

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a pair of waivers so as to expedite wall construction at two locations — one in California and another in Arizona.

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“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two waivers, which will ensure expeditious construction of new bollard wall within the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson and El Centro Sectors in Arizona and California, respectively,” the department said in a press release.

“The projects covered by the waivers include up to approximately 78 miles of new bollard wall in place of dilapidated and outdated designs, in addition to road construction and improvement and lighting installation. The waivers were published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2019,” DHS noted further.

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“While the waivers eliminate DHS’s obligation to comply with various laws with respect to covered projects, DHS remains committed to environmental stewardship. DHS has initiated consultation with other federal and state resource agencies to ensure that impacts to the environment, wildlife, and cultural and historic artifacts are analyzed and minimized, to the greatest extent possible,” said the agency.

Another waiver was also issued to begin construction on 15 miles of broken down fencing in Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.

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“The San Diego and El Centro Sectors are areas of high...
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