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Justices Direct U.S. to Answer Green Groups’ Border Wall Plea

March 17, 2020, 4:19 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Trump administration to respond to a petition from environmental groups opposed to the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The federal government on March 5 waived its right to answer the petition—a move generally reserved for cases the solicitor general’s office views as meritless. But the justices have now requested a response by April 16.

  • The Center for Biological Diversity and other groups filed the petition for review in January, asking the court to strike down a law that allows the government to waive environmental statutes and other requirements for border wall construction.
  • A federal...
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