“There are local, state and federal laws on the books that would protect endangered species and air and water quality. But one environmental law expert says what the Trump transition team could end up using language in the REAL ID Act that Congress passed in 2005. The law includes a provision that allows the secretary of Homeland Security the power to waive all local, state and federal laws that the secretary determines is an obstacle to building walls and roads along US borders.”
See Trump team discussing border wall with Army Corps, Interior DepartmentChuckle. While Trump has found a bunch of voters who love walls, he may be about to tick off every tree-hugger and frog-lover in the world. A wall is not only a barrier to illegal immigration and smugglers (HAH!) it’s a barrier to wind, water, and migratory animals and it will cast a shadow on plants clinging to life in harsh regions. I guess it won’t harm plants stabilizing the north side of the Rio Grande because it’s to the north of them but the river actually does drain water and where is the water blocked by the wall to go? Oh, and people actually use the water in the river. Heck, people actually use the river. If he builds in drains big enough to carry the water in heavy rains won’t the evil have found a chink in the armour? If he builds a wall, how will USAians continue using the river? Don’t you think there will be a few complaints? [SARCASM]
Really, Trump caught onto this panacea during his campaign that can’t really work as intended/proclaimed and will cost a bundle and will do a lot of damage. Waiving legalities doesn’t really change that. As Trump is fond of saying, “It’s not going to happen!”.