NEPA- Department of Homeland Security

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On August 2, 2017, John Kelly, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, signed a determination waiving NEPA and most major environmental laws as they relate to construction of barriers and roads near San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress granted the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security this authority in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Secretary Kelly signed similar determinations for areas near Calexico on September 12, 2017, and for areas near the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry in New Mexico on January 22, 2018. These determinations allow the Department to build a border wall without undergoing NEPA review.

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