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DHS waives certain legal regulations to expedite border wall construction in Texas

  1. Date Announced

    July 1, 2019

    DHS gives notice that the Acting Secretary McAleenan has determined it necessary to waive certain legal regulations to expedite construction of barriers and roads near the land border in Starr County, Texas.

    [ID #412]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 1, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    August 30, 2019

    DHS issues notice of waiver of certain legal requirements to construct barriers and roads near the land border in Hidalgo and Starr Counties, Texas.

    DHS Notice of Determination Regarding Border in Hidalgo and Starr Counties, Texas
  4. Subsequent Action

    October 1, 2019

    Acting Secretary McAleenan waives 31 laws and regulations including NEPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act "in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border in Cameron County, Texas and Hidalgo County, Texas." [ID #433] https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/dhs-issues-waiver-expedite-new-border-wall-gates-construction

    DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite New Border Wall Gates Construction Project in Rio Grande Valley
  5. Subsequent Action

    October 31, 2019

    DHS issues notice of waiver of certain legal requirements to construct barriers and roads near the land border in Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties in Texas.

    Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended
  6. Subsequent Action

    The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of roads in the vicinity of the international land border in Starr County, Texas.

    Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended
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.

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

Subsequent Actions

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