DHS Can Exempt Immigration Programs From Enviro Review

Law360 (June 2, 2020, 10:00 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security can exclude certain immigration policies from review over environmental harm after a California federal judge ruled that the exemption doesn't lead to higher immigration numbers, let alone population-driven ecological degradation.

U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz held Monday that conservation groups lacked standing to challenge an exemption DHS uses to exclude some immigration programs from environmental reviews, finding that the carve-out doesn't foster the ecological harm the groups claim.

"None of plaintiffs' evidence supports a reasonable inference that [the exemption] causes an increase in immigration," he said.

With the backing of the Center for Immigration...

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