Another case of liberals who cannot get want they want via the legislative process trying to get judges to write it for them from the bench.
The Supreme Court on Monday turned down 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 of fencing in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
The case rejected by the court involved a two-mile section of fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Naco, Ariz. The section has since been built.~~~
Earlier this year, Chertoff waived more than 30 laws and regulations in an effort to finish building 670 miles of fence along the southwest border. Administration officials have said that invoking the legal waivers — which Congress authorized in 1996 and 2005 laws — will cut through bureaucratic red tape and sidestep environmental laws that currently stand in the way of fence construction.
Note this jewel from Congressman Moonbat from Mississippi.
“I am extremely disappointed in the court’s decision,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said. “This waiver will only prolong the department from addressing the real issue: their lack of a comprehensive border security plan.”
How can you be disappointed with the ruling, which will speed the construction of the fence, and in the same sentence say there is a lack of a border security plan? This man represents actual Americans?
To show you how out-there the enviro-lefties are on this, Chertoff used waivers authorized by Congress. You don’t have to like them, but neither did the members of Congress who voted “no” on the legislation. BUT THEY LOST. You don’t get to rewrite the damn law through the judiciary. People elected by Americans in the democratic process passed that legislation as the law of the land. You don’t like it? Vote for some new representatives and repeal the law. These groups are anti-democratic, seek to usurp and undermine our system of government, and should be recognized as the juris-terrorists they are.
Also find Bill Dupray at The Patriot Room.