Biden Administration Settles Border Construction Lawsuits with Agreement to Perform Widespread Environmental Cleanup and Take Steps to Protect Wildlife

The Biden Administration settled litigation brought by eighteen states, the Sierra Club, and the Southern Border Coalition challenging construction of border walls between the U.S. and Mexico with funds provided by the Department of Defense and Department of Treasury in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The Biden Administration agreed to conduct widespread cleanup to repair environmental damage from construction of the Trump-era southern border wall, end wall construction, restore disputed military funding, and protect sensitive ecosystems and wildlife in the border region to resolve multiple lawsuits brought by plaintiffs.