Politics Mexican-American judge that Trump attacked could hear case on border wall

02:47  06 february  2018
02:47  06 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel — who Trump said might be biased against him in a lawsuit concerning Trump University because of Curiel's Mexican heritage — will hear a case on Friday that could determine Trump ’s ability to waive environmental laws in the construction of the wall .

Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill The federal judge who President Donald Trump attacked for his ethnicity during the 2016 presidential campaign could end up judging whether the president gets to build his proposed border wall.

U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel - who Trump said might be biased against him in a lawsuit concerning Trump University because of Curiel's Mexican heritage - will hear a case on Friday that could determine Trump's ability to waive environmental laws in the construction of the wall.

Curiel could hinder the administration's efforts to build barriers on unfenced portions of the border if he rules against Trump.

If the judge rules in favor of the administration, it would allow Trump to issue the waivers needed to build sections of the border.

The road to building a border wall would be long and difficult, and go through the courts .
It's not long - just two pages - but a notice recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a reminder of the challenges, legal and otherwise, facing President Donald Trump's promised border wall. The corps issued a notice to contractors Friday saying it might soon accept bids to construct a 3-mile section of border wall in south Texas, with an estimated cost of $25 million to $100 million - if the corps gets the money.The notice drew alarm from environmentalists, who say the wall will undoubtedly be built on the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,088-acre parcel has been called "the jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System" by the U.S.

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