PHOENIX — The Trump administration has not yet released concrete details to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it already faces the first of what could be a litany of lawsuits against the president's signature proposal.
The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based conservation group, and U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, who represents a broad swath of the Arizona border, filed the suit on Wednesday in a Tucson federal court targeting the environmental and fiscal impact of building a nearly 2,000-mile border wall.
It lists U.S. Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as defendants.
The 42-page document alleges the federal government's border security enforcement plan fails to comply with the National Environment Policy Act, and asks the agencies to conduct an environmental impact study that is already a decade overdue, just as the bidding process to choose designs for border wall prototypes is underway.