Brnovich Sues Federal Government For Stopping Border Wall Construction

Apr 12, 2021

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing the federal government claiming the Biden-Harris administration’s decision to stop wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border violates the federal National Environmental Policy Act.

In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, U.S. Customs and Patrol agents sit along a section of the international border wall that runs through Organ Pipe National Monument in Lukeville, Ariz.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York, File

He says the Department of Homeland Security didn’t take into account the environmental impacts of an increased population in Arizona from those who illegally cross the border. Brnovich, a Republican, is asking a U.S. District Court in Arizona to void the administration’s decisions to stop border wall construction and end the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.

Brian Segee, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, in an email, however, calls the attorney general’s lawsuit “absurd political grandstanding,” and says the Trump administration ignored more than 40 environmental laws protecting air, water, endangered wildlife and public lands when building the wall.