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President Donald Trump’s determination to build a border wall has never reflected any concern about the need to play by the rules. On June 26, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration’s 2019 transfer of $2.5 billion in military funding to pay for the construction of a border wall was unconstitutional. infringe the requirement that Congress approve major spending decisions. Given legal hurdles and staunch opposition from congressional Democrats, Trump’s border wall push could end up being the federal parallel to California’s high-speed rail project: an unfinished fiasco in the middle of nowhere.

It was therefore perhaps unrealistic to expect the White House to care much about warnings from tribal members of the Kumeyaay Nation that the construction of a border wall in the southeast corner of San Diego County , 75 miles east of the city of San Diego, would impact ancestors. burial sites and artifacts. But the Kumeyaay have raised legitimate concerns. Their protests on the construction site on Monday prevented contractors working for the US Army Corps of Engineers from blowing up segments of the border fence that the Trump administration intends to replace with a more formidable border wall.

An administration spokesman said environmental studies found no biological, cultural or historical sites that could be affected by the construction of a border wall. It is time to back up this claim with hard evidence and allow Kumeyaay inspections.