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Trump waives laws to build wall in South Texas, including through 2 NWRs

AUSTIN — The Trump administration served notice Thursday that it is waiving several laws to allow border wall construction to go forward in several areas along the Rio Grande in South Texas, including sections of federal wildlife refuges.

In a posting in the Federal Register, Acting U.S. Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan said the action is needed because "there is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads" in the areas designated "in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States."

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