The White House is facing a litany of environmental lawsuits given President Donald Trump’s efforts to “eliminate federal overreach” at the expense of the economy.
With Trump looking to undo restrictions put in place by the previous administration, such as allowing offshore drilling, environmentalists are turning to the courts.
But “there’s one environmental lawsuit against the Trump administration that liberals seem to have avoided almost entirely: the Immigration Reform Law Institute’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security,” The Daily Caller reported.
This comes as no surprise, given that the lawsuit filed on behalf of a number of environmentalist groups for ignoring the National Environmental Policy Act presents a possible impediment to open borders.
Lawyers from the Immigration Reform Law Institute told the Daily Caller Homeland Security has never analyzed or publicized the environmental effects of the agency’s immigration actions, as called for under the environmental law.
“NEPA says every time an agency takes a discretionary action, it has to think about the environmental impact of it and they didn’t do that,” attorney Julie Axelrod said. “There are many immigration actions and cumulatively they have an extremely large environmental impact, they change the quality of life for the American people, which is ultimately what NEPA was about.”
“The heart of their mistake is that when they passed regulations under (NEPA), which all agencies do, they never took into account that one of their main missions, which is the implementation of immigration law, is something that can be environmentally meaningful,” she added.
And liberal groups like the Sierra Club want nothing to do with the legal challenge.
“Most of our population growth is because of immigration and when the population grows it affects the environment in a host of ways that’s the source of urban sprawl it affects resource use such as water, food, you have traffic, you have pollution,’ Axelrod explained. “According to the global warming theory, carbon emissions actually go up with immigration because people who immigrate typically use more carbon when they move to a new country.”
That’s not going to go over well on the left.
Either way, IRLI lawyers say the Justice Department under Trump continues to stall in responding to the lawsuit, just as they did under President Barack Obama.
A reality that doesn’t surprise outgoing Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who just criticized the White House for not releasing documents held up under the Obama administration.
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