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DHS waives environmental laws to expedite border wall construction in Rio Grande Valley

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 11, 2018

    DHS Secretary Nielsen issues a waiver of environmental law requirements to expedite the construction of a border wall in Hidalgo County, Texas. The waiver is issued pursuant to authorities under section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 and covers an approximately 14-mile long wall project located in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. [ID #361]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 11, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Prior Policies

  • Under Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (‘‘IIRIRA’’), Congress mandated the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border and Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads authorized by the Act. DHS exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 (c) of IIRIRA on five occasions from 2005 to 2008 and on two occasions in 2017.

    The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (‘‘IIRIRA’’).

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