DHS waives federal contracting laws so border wall can be built more quickly

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday waived federal contracting laws to ensure that the border wall currently under construction can be built faster.

The waivers will apply to 177 miles of wall in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, The Associated Press reported.

Among the laws being waived include those requiring open competition among contractors as well as a requirement that all projects attain full bonding before they can start.

Previously, DHS waived federal environmental laws in order to quicken the pace of construction, but this is the first time the administration used waivers for competition laws.

So far, the Trump administration has constructed 120 miles of new wall. DHS officials claim that 200 miles of wall are also under construction, while 450 miles will be built by the end of this year.

Building a border wall to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling was a key campaign promise for the president in 2016.

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Repeatedly, Democrats in Congress attempted to block funding for the wall, while Left-leaning organizations went to court to try to stop the wall from being built.

President Trump has sidestepped Democratic funding blocks by utilizing unassigned Pentagon funds under an emergency order declaration.

His administration has also managed to win federal court cases that attempted to block his funding demands as well.

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In 2018, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration was within its rights to waive environmental rules to build a wall.

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