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DHS waives certain regulations to expedite border wall construction in Arizona and New Mexico

  1. Date Announced

    April 24, 2019

    Acting Secretary of DHS Kevin McAleenan has waived the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and numerous other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in several land border areas in Arizona and New Mexico. [ID #396]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 24, 2019
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’’).

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