Bush Admin Waives Environmental Laws To Build Border Fence

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JULIA PRESTON New York Times

Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, waived several environmental laws yesterday to continue building a border fence through a national conservation area in Arizona, bypassing a federal court ruling that had suspended the fence construction.

Citing "unacceptable risks to our nation's security" if the fence along the border with Mexico was further delayed, Mr. Chertoff invoked waiver authority granted him under a 2005 bill that mandated construction of the fence.

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