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Feb122018

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, border wall?: Report/analysis, "The road to building a border wall will be long and difficult, and go through the courts" .... 

***President Donald Trump, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, border wall....

* Los Angeles Times (Jaclyn Cosgrove):  "The road to building a border wall will be long and difficult, and go through the courts" - From the LAT:

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 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 anywhere from $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 dubbed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "the jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System."

"The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge proposal is truly an outrage," said Brian Segee, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. "I don't say that lightly. It will effectively destroy the refuge because the proposed border wall will be built toward the northern part of the refuge so it will cut off not only wildlife, but also … have ecological, economic and cultural impacts."

The debate over the refuge as a proposed location for a 3-mile section of the wall is reminder of the various complexities that face an attempt to strengthen border security from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas. Here are some of the difficulties that come with Trump's "build the wall" campaign promise: ...................