Attorney General Mark Brnovich made the dubious claim that Arizona’s natural landscapes would suffer without a better border wall.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration alleging that the White House’s decision to stop building a US-Mexico border wall had “polluting” consequences.
According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Brnovich’s complaint states that the National Environmental Policy Act requires the federal government to conduct a study to determine the impact of a major policy change.
Brnovich says, however, that the Biden administration did not conduct or commission such a study, both in view of its decision to end the construction of the border wall and to end former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” initiative.
“The defendants have taken several environmentally harmful measures without even carrying out a cursory environmental analysis,” says the lawsuit.
Brnovich claims that the effects of these policy changes will be both immediate and palpable, as migrants may contaminate wild landscapes when crossing desert. Additionally, the lawsuit suggests that any increase in immigration – legal or not – will bring more people to both Arizona and the nation as a whole.
“When the Biden government canceled the construction of the wall on the day he took office […] This has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people crossing the border into this country illegally, ”he said.
A US border guard carries flags through the desert. Image via Maxpixel, claimed in the public domain. (http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Border-Patrol-Border-Patrol-Security-Flags-2747624)
The Capitol Times notes that Brnovich told Capitol Media Services that his lawsuit was inspired by the kind of delaying tactics used by groups like the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson.
“The left has used this to delay all kinds of projects,” said Brnovich. “We know that the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals] took advantage of this to stop the construction of highways. They stopped the expansion of the airport because the government did not carry out an environmental impact assessment. “
Interestingly, Brnovich stated that his lawsuit was politically neutral – since building a border fence appears to be better for the environment than not.
“The reality is that regardless of what you think of immigration, whether you think we need more or less of it, the way it is happening now is wreaking havoc on the environment,” Brnovich said. “And if the left were intellectually honest, they would join me in this lawsuit to try to conserve Arizona wildlife and habitat.”
Brian Segee, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, was quick to respond to Brnovich’s lawsuit, calling it “political magnitude and insult to border communities, wildlife and wild lands”.
“If Arizona’s attorney general had really cared about the environment, he would have sued the Trump administration for disregarding environmental laws and trying to prevent the construction of those destructive walls,” Segee said.
In the action of the AG, an environmental impact assessment for the immigration policy of the federal government is sought
The Arizona Attorney General is suing Biden’s border policy