On September 12, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a notice of determination pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border of the United States near the city of Calexico in the state of California. The existing fourteen foot, landing mat-style fencing will be replaced with an eighteen to twenty-five foot barrier that employs a more operationally effective design that is intended to meet Border Patrol’s operational requirements. In addition, DHS will, where necessary, make improvements to an existing patrol road within the Project Area to ensure that it meets Border Patrol’s operational standards. See the notice for the complete list of laws being waived.