U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks in front of a newly fortified border wall structure in Calexico, Calif. in October. A federal court ruled Monday that DHS has broad authority to waive environmental regulations in the name of border security.

Environmental teams and the state of California had argued that the Trump administration overstepped its authority when it waived the environmental legal guidelines to construct border obstacles. Courtroom disagrees.

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