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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Hazards of Passing Laws That Eliminate the Rule of Law 

Offered without comment, from the Center for American Progress:
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would use its authority to bypass several laws and regulations that could impede its progress to build a fence on the southern border between the United States and Mexico. The authority comes from a 2005 law, which also stripped courts of the right to review more of the sort of unilateral power the Bush administration has so often claimed for itself." The Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club sued Chertoff last year over his decision to suspend 19 environmental laws to build the fence through a national conservation area in Arizona. "Fourteen House Democrats, including eight committee chairman, said yesterday that they will file a brief supporting" the legal challenge to Bush's fence plans. Ironically, even as Chertoff announced he would ignore numerous laws to proceed with the fence, he declared last week, speaking of illegal immigration, "there's no excuse for not complying with the law as it's been set forth."

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