Environmental groups take one last legal shot to stop border wall

Trees were felled and clearing began Monday along the San Pedro River.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a last-ditch effort to halt construction of the border wall across sensitive, protected areas in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of the Wildlife and Southwest Environmental Center are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to answer a question: Has President Donald Trump overstepped his executive powers in executing legislative powers, thus blurring the lines between the two separate and equal branches of the federal government in building a wall along the southern border?

CBD attorney Jean Su said in an interview the petition for a writ of certiorari is essentially the same argument the environmental groups have been making for the past year, just in a different form.

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