SWEC sues feds to stop Family Separation and Detention Policy

July 5, 2018

SWEC files lawsuit to stop federal action on immigration

SWEC announced today the filing of a lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration’s Family Separation and Detention Policy. The suit argues that the Family Detention Policy is illegal because the government refused to provide the public with notice and the opportunity to comment on the policy before it was adopted, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

“Congress passed the APA in 1946 as a bulwark against executive branch overreach and despots,” said SWEC director Kevin Bixby.  “The law is just as much needed today as it was then.”

This is the second lawsuit SWEC has filed this year against the federal government’s border and immigration actions. In March, SWEC joined with other conservation groups to challenge the administration’s dismissal of 25 federal laws to construct the border wall in southern New Mexico. “No matter how you feel about this administration’s policies, everyone should be concerned about the erosion of the rule of law,” said Bixby. Read more here.

Otero Mesa photo exhibit opens tomorrow –7/6

Beginning in July and running through August, SWEC will once again host a powerful photo exhibit featuring local artists whose works highlight the grasslands, wilderness and wildlife of Otero Mesa. The opening will take place on Friday, July 6, 5-7 pm during the monthly downtown art ramble. Check our website for more details.

Grant County to consider contract with controversial wildlife agency

On Thursday July 19 at 9 AM the Grant County Commission will vote on renewing the County’s contract with Wildlife Services, a federal agency that removes and kills millions of animals nationwide each year. Coyotes, wolves, grizzly bears, beavers, blackbirds, mountain lions, foxes and a wide range of others identified as nuisance animals are killed on behalf of ranchers, farmers, homeowners and airport operators. The agency receives much of its funding through contracts with counties that are routinely renewed with little public scrutiny.  To learn more and watch a short video, visit www.safepubliclands.com.

“Temporary” nuke waste storage facility proposed for Lea County

A Florida company has applied for a 40-year license to build and maintain a 300-acre interim storage facility in southeastern NM to hold highly radioactive spent fuel rods currently housed at nuclear power plants around the U.S. The material would be shipped to the facility in thousands of cross-country rail deliveries over a 20-year period. The proposal has drawn fierce criticism from oil companies, ranchers, dairies as well as conservation groups. Read more here.

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