Environment & Energy Report

DHS Sued Over Failing to Study Immigration Impact on Environment

Nov. 24, 2020, 10:04 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has illegally “turned a blind eye” to the environmental impact of its visa and citizenship policy actions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Minnesota residents in a federal court in the state.

DHS has never completed an environmental study under the National Environmental Policy Act, which stems from a failure of the NEPA procedures it adopted in 2014, the residents say in their lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The procedures, which are used by Citizenship and Immigration Services, “fail to even consider the potential environmental impacts...

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