The Supreme Court turned down on Monday a plea by environmental groups to rein in the Bush administration's power to waive laws and regulations to speed construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has used authority given to him by Congress in 2005 to ignore environmental and other laws and regulations to move forward with hundreds of miles (kilometers) of fencing in four states bordering Mexico.
The case rejected by the court involved a two-mile (3 kilometer) section of fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Naco, Arizona. The section has since been built.
A victory the folks who yunno, follow the laws. Like my parents, who came to this country poor, but legally.