The Supreme Court has refused to take a challenging case President TrumpDonald John Trump Intelligence suggests that Russian rewards led to the death of several US troops in Afghanistan: Obama report called Philonise Floyd before her brother’s memorial service: New York President Trump is trying to cover his tracks by attacking the state of right MOREThe border wall, leaving in place a decision that rejected the search by environmental groups to stop construction.
The court will not hear an appeal of a case seeking to block construction on 145 miles of wall throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
The Center for Biological Diversity, Wildlife Defenders and other environmental groups brought the case in January, arguing that the Department of Homeland Security did not have the authority to waive environmental requirements to speed up construction.
“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court does not consider the flagrant abuse of the law by the Trump administration to accelerate the construction of the border wall,” Jean Su, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement Monday.
“This administration has mocked the Constitution to build an enormously destructive wall. We will continue to fight these illegal exemptions and will do everything we can to prevent further damage to the beautiful borderlands. ”
The lawsuit had challenged 16 exemptions that exempted Homeland Security from considering 40 different environmental laws, the groups said, rejecting consideration of the wall’s many possible environmental impacts. Construction of the wall could block the migration of Mexican gray wolves and jaguars and harm rare cactus and wetland ecosystems, they argued.
Defenders of Wildlife also promised to continue examining the legality of the exemptions.
“The resignation of the Trump administration from federal and state law to speed up construction of the border wall poses serious constitutional problems and those issues deserve to be heard,” said Jason Rylander, senior adviser on endangered species to the group, in a release.
The administration has faced multiple demands from environmental groups, who have challenged the wall’s funds and argued that it will damage the habitats of threatened and endangered species.
The Pentagon’s $ 3.8 billion reallocation in February to build the wall sparked at least three lawsuits, including one by a group of 19 states and another by the United States Civil Liberties Union along with environmental groups.
A federal appeals court in California sided with the states that sued Friday, arguing that the redirection of funds was illegal.
In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the measure violated the Allocations Clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress exclusive power over the portfolio.
“These funds were allocated for other purposes, and the transfer amounted to ‘withdrawing funds from the Treasury without authorization by law and therefore violating the Allocation Clause,'” the majority wrote. “Therefore, the transfer of funds here was illegal.”
—Updated at 1:08 pm