Associated Press – Court OK’s border fence despite environmental worry

The Supreme Court said Monday it won’t stand in the way as the U.S. extends its security fence hundreds of miles along the border with Mexico, allowing building to proceed full-speed despite claims that it harms the environment and animals who live in the area.

In a second case mixing national security and the environment _ and a second dose of potentially good news for the Bush administration _ the justices agreed to consider an appeals court ruling that limits the Navy’s use of sonar off the Southern California coast because of potential harm to dolphins and whales.

Given sporadic attention for years, the concept of a border fence took on new life after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which also revived the nation’s heated immigration debate. Intelligence officials have said the holes along the southwest border could provide places for terrorists to enter the country.

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