McAllen, Texas — After Friday’s showdown in a Texas federal court, Fisher Industries will be able to continue some construction at its border wall site after Judge Randy Crane lifted certain stipulations of an temporary restraining order levied against the group.
Crane removed the portion of a federal government injunction that stopped Fisher Industries from shaving, cutting or grading the riverbank of the Rio Grande River in Mission, TX while the federal government plans its next moves.
Meanwhile, We Build The Wall (WBTW), the non-profit which raised millions in a viral crowdfunding effort and is funding the project, celebrated.
“All these silly attempts to stop us always fail. At every turn the Deep State and enviro-freaks are there trying to obstruct us, and we embarrass them legally, every single time,” WBTW founder Brian Kolfage told The Rundown News.
“Construction to grade the banks has been approved to resume after the federal government and Butterfly Center failed to prove their case as we predicted,” he continued. “Good always defeats evil and that’s exactly what you are witnessing here.”
Though the group is still not allowed to build the actual border wall itself, Fisher Industries said that grading and cutting activities could resume as early as Saturday – a step in the right direction towards securing a heavily-trafficked area of the U.S. southern border known for rabid cartel activity. The group intends to build 3.5 miles of border wall on property owned by a local company, Neuhaus & Sons.
The decision came during a court hearing that involved two federal lawsuits.
In mid-December, the federal government was granted a temporary restraining order against Fisher Industries and WBTW, which is funding the construction, at the behest of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), halting construction at the job site. WBTW was dropped from the lawsuit shortly thereafter. The North American Butterfly Association also filed a lawsuit against Neuhaus & Sons on behalf of the National Butterfly Center, a local nature preserve.
After six hours in court and a long recess during which counsel for all parties were invited into the judge’s chambers, Judge Crane suggested that while the IBWC’s environmental testing requirements seemed to be unfairly targeting Fisher Industries, The Treaty of Nov. 23, 1970, which set the latest legal parameters for the IBWC’s operations, still demands that the construction group have the seal of approval from the IBWC to build their border wall. The IBWC’s processes – or lack thereof – for approving construction projects in the Rio Grande flood plain were the major topic of Friday’s testimony.
A continuance in the case was issued, and the parties will return to court next Thursday. For now, the IBWC is focused on analyzing 1D and 2D environmental impact models provided to them by Fisher Industries.
Once the IBWC grants its approval for Fisher Industries to build, it will send Fisher Industries’ plans to its Mexican counterpart, which must also approve the plans – all part of a certifiably insane system that gives Mexico a seat at the table in the United States’ border security.
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