Why bring this lawsuit?
The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for ignoring our nation’s preeminent environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
For the last 46 years, NEPA has required any agency considering an action that will affect the environment to analyze and publicize those effects. NEPA’s essential purpose is “to help public officials make decisions that are based on understanding of environmental consequences, and take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment.”
DHS, like its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), has never considered or analyzed the enormous impacts to the human environment caused by legal and illegal immigration, as required by NEPA.
Between 1990 and 2010, the US population grew by over over 61 million people due to expansive immigration
policies and lax enforcement–yet even over this intense period of immigration, DHS (and the INS before it) has ignored NEPA’s requirement to conduct analysis on the environmental impacts of its policies. Disturbingly, U.S. total population will grow to almost 417 million by 2060—108 million more than in 2010. Immigration will account for about 80% of our population growth in the coming decades.
As a result of the INS and DHS's failure to abide by NEPA, communities across America are being harmed and overwhelmed by damage to air quality; increasing urban sprawl; increasing demand for water; increasing water pollution; exacerbated traffic congestion; school overcrowding; loss of green space, farmland, forests and wildlife, and other non-renewable resources. Also, when massive numbers of people cross the border illegally, they leave a host of environmental impacts in their wake, such as: the destruction of native species and habitats by trampling over the native vegetation; garbage dumping on a massive scale; water pollution; fires for the purposes of heat, cooking, or to distract Border Patrol agents (many of which turn out of control and destroy vast swaths of naive land); not to mention the destruction of property, livestock, and the peaceful enjoyment of private property.
Who are the Plaintiffs?
The Plaintiffs consist of a varied group of Americans, professional associations, and public interest groups from multiple states who have been injured by the negative effects of mass migration into the United States and DHS's failure to abide by NEPA. The Plaintiffs include:
Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District
Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District
Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
Californians for Population Stabilization
Scientists and Environmentalists for Population Stabilization
New Mexico Cattle Growers Association
Floridians for Sustainable Population
Stand With Us.
IRLI seeks to ensure that laws passed by the people and their representatives in the best interest of Americans and the environment are enforced and defended.
IRLI is a not-for-profit law firm and is providing counsel at our own expense, free of charge to the Plaintiffs.
The cost of fighting this battle is enormous. The cost of losing is even bigger. Please help us defray the escalating costs of this high-stakes litigation. With a contribution, big or small, you can be a part of this epic struggle for the American way of life.
If you prefer, please mail your check to:
Attention: NEPA Litigation Fund
Immigration Reform Law Institute
25 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 335
Washington, D.C. 20001
Thank you for your support!