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USThree border wall projects reportedly canceled due to lack of funding amid environmental lawsuit against Trump

07:30  15 september  2019
07:30  15 september  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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The Trump administration reportedly canceled three projects to build parts of the barrier wall at the U.S. southern border in Arizona and California.

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A Friday court filing by the legal team representing the Trump administration in a civil suit indicated funds for the three construction projects were insufficient to continue building.

The lawsuit, filed against the president and several Cabinet members in February, accuses the administration of illegally declaring a state of emergency in order to obtain funding for the border wall. The Center for Biological Diversity and several other environmental organizations are named as plaintiffs in the case.

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"Of the 58 times presidents have previously declared emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, none involved using the emergency powers to fund a policy goal after a president failed to meet that goal through foreign diplomacy (having Mexico pay for the wall) or the congressional appropriations process," the original complaint said. "Never before has a president used the emergency powers granted to him by Congress in such a manner."

The lawsuit calls for the president and his administration to cease construction of the barrier at the southern border, citing concerns for wildlife.

"Of particular concern to Plaintiffs and their members, border barriers prevent the passage of wildlife, and could result in the extirpation of jaguars, ocelots, and other endangered species within the United States," it reads. "The use of funds for such barriers that on information and belief are directed at least in part to investigating and where relevant prosecuting organized criminal activities related to illegal wildlife trafficking further harms Plaintiffs’ interests in protecting and preserving biological diversity."

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental activist group, boasts on their website that they have sued the Trump administration and the president personally 158 times.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment on the matter.

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