|English | Español||July 28, 2017 | Issue #54|
Border Wall Battle: Bad News vs. Good News
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Secretary Michael Chertoff, Filed by the US-Mexico Border Plaintiffs, Ruling in Favor of the Federal Government
By Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Border Wall – Naco, Arizona, July 2008
D.R. 2008 Photo by Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
An injunction would have halted the border wall construction along the entire US-Mexico border, from California to Texas. The lawsuit challenged the abuse of the constitutionality of such “mega waiver” powers of one lone political appointee as well as the overreaching powers of the Federal Government that have flagrantly and deceitfully ignored the will of the most affected people, those who reside in the path of the border wall.
On the anniversary of 9/11, a new blow was dealt to the United States of America. Yesterday, the Judge Frank Montalvo ruled from the District Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division. He dismissed the lawsuit against Secretary Michael Chertoff, filed by the US-Mexico border plaintiffs and ruled in favor of the Federal Government to dismiss the case entirely, essentially ruling against the people and in favor of preserving the dictatorial powers of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
That means that the case can now be appealed…and this appeal can be filed before the Supreme Court. This is where all legal experts, who recognized the unconstitutionality of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s “waiver powers,” can collectively weigh in.
It is clear that the Supreme Court does not have to hear this case. However, if the Supreme Court does accept an appeal, it will likely not be heard until well into 2009. On one hand, the border wall construction will be allowed to proceed. On the other hand, depending on who the next President is, there might well be no Secretary Chertoff.
What is apparent is that under the present Administration and the current Secretary of DHS, State and Local laws are meaningless. Those laws also were waived along with the 36 Congressional Acts. The people’s Congress, the people’s State legislative laws, county laws and city laws were also waived so Chertoff could forge ahead with a border wall that leads to nowhere. An appeal to the Supreme Court will allow such an argument to be made before the Supreme Justices of this great land.
In all reality, the border wall has not yet been built, let alone completed in Texas, as it has been in the other three Western states.
Some may say that the earlier lawsuit that was appealed to the Supreme Court by the Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club over the San Pedro River region in Arizona was rejected by the Supreme Court. Because of their heavy load, it is not unusual for an issue to be rejected by the Supreme Court several times before the Justices decide to consider the issue.
If the plaintiffs choose to file their appeal, hopefully they will do so soon. That way, many others will be able to rally in support of their fight in every way possible. While the people of the borderlands will put their hopes on the highest court in the land, they will simultaneously work from grassroots levels all the way to Congress in order to reverse what is being inflicted upon their lands and upon them as a people.
The people of the borderlands are fighting tooth and nail to prevail against tyranny and flagrant violation of the tenants of a country that proclaims that we are all “endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism