09 April 2008

DHS has extraordinary powers, says Congress

In 2005, Congress granted to the DHS the power to void any federal law that might interfere with building a border fence. And then...

Last week, Mr. Chertoff issued waivers suspending more than 30 laws he said could interfere with "the expeditious construction of barriers" in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The list included laws protecting the environment, endangered species, migratory birds, the bald eagle, antiquities, farms, deserts, forests, Native American graves and religious freedom.

This reads like an article out of The Onion.

Congress also (probably unconstitutionally) exempts any such decisions from review by the courts.

New York Times, "Power to Build Border Fence Is Above U.S. Law"

1 comment:

  1. Supreme Court said it was ok.