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Thu Jan 16, 2020, 03:04 PM

Trump Has Suspended Nearly 50 Laws to Build the Wall

BY
William deBuys, TomDispatch
PUBLISHED
January 16, 2020

A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We’re talking about a long, skinny territory — a geographic gerrymander — that stretches east across New Mexico and down the Texan Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. It also runs west across hundreds of miles of desert to California and the Pacific Ocean. Like the old Wild West, this one is lawless, save for the law of the gun. But that old West was lawless for want of government. This one is lawless because of it.

The Department of Homeland Security, under authority conferred by Congress, has declared nearly 50 federal laws inoperable along sections of the U.S. boundary with Mexico, the better to build the border wall that Donald Trump has promised his “base.” Innumerable state laws and local ordinances have also been swept aside. Predictably, the Endangered Species Act is among the fallen. So are the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wilderness Act, laws restricting air and water pollution, and measures protecting wildlife, landscapes, Native American sacred sites, and even caves and fossils.

The new Wild West of the border wall is an authoritarian dreamscape where the boss man faces no limits and no obligations. It’s as though Marshall Wyatt Earp, reborn as an orange-haired easterner with no knowledge of the actual West, were back in charge, deciding who’s in and who’s out, what goes and what stays.

Prominent on the list of suspended laws is the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, which, until recently, was the nation’s look-before-you-leap conscience. The environmental analyses and impact statements NEPA requires might not force the government to evaluate whether a palisade of 30-foot-high metal posts — bollards in border wall terminology — were really a better way to control drug smuggling than upgrading inspection facilities at ports of entry, where, by all accounts, the vast majority of illegal substances enter the country. They would, however, require those wall builders to figure out in advance a slew of other gnarly questions like: How will wildlife be affected by a barrier that nothing larger than a kangaroo rat can get through? And how much will pumping scarce local water to make concrete draw down shallow desert aquifers?

More:
https://truthout.org/articles/trump-has-suspended-nearly-50-laws-to-build-the-wall/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 03:06 PM

1. I don't see how that is legal . . .

anyways, karma is a bitch.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2020, 04:29 PM

2. And two whole branches of government can't/won't/haven't had anything to say about it

Are we SURE that the constitution still applies?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:26 AM

3. Rump is a 'law and order' president, from the 'law and order' party.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 01:19 AM

4. So, complaint or action, bitch or dare, harp or yarp, curse or cudule? Help me. Or, like the Germans

before WWII we just pretend we are fine and fuck the rest until our resting fucks us up? Asking for a friend

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