The Huffington Post: Federal Lawsuit Highlights The Environmental Consequences Of Immigration

IRLI In The News

January 24, 2017

By Robert Hardaway

In the aftermath of the recent presidential election notable for its almost complete lack of civilized and rational debate on the issue of immigration, it is perhaps not surprising that the issue of the environmental impact of immigration has been almost completely ignored in the strident rhetoric emanating from the presidential candidates.

However, that issue is currently being addressed in a federal lawsuit filed last fall in the Southern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for failing to consider the environmental impact of it immigration policy as required by federal law in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The suit seeks enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act which requires “any agency considering any action that will affect the environment to analyze and publicize those effects,” and alleges that the DHS and the Immigration and Naturalization Service before it deliberately ignored this requirement to conduct analysis of the environmental impacts of its immigration policies and failure to enforce immigration laws between 1990 and 2010 a time when the US population grew by over 61 million people. … Read the full story by Robert Hardaway.

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