WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration will use legal waivers
to bypass more than 30 laws and regulations in a push to complete
670 miles of fence along the southwest U.S. border by the end of
The waivers have been authorized by Congress.
Officials say the they'll cut through bureaucratic red tape and
environmental laws that stand in the way of building 267 miles of
fencing in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement
today that "criminal activity at the border does not stop for
endless debate or protracted litigation."
The government has sued more than 50 land owners in South Texas
for refusing to allow access to the land. Environmentalists say the
fence will further threaten two types of wild cats already on the
endangered species list.