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In the DATES section of the Notice of availability, the effective date of the 2016.1 PREP Guidelines is October 1, 2018. However, in Section 1.3, page SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office of the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of determination. AGENCY: RIN 1625–ZA37 ACTION: Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, 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 in Hidalgo County in the State of Texas. DATES: This determination takes effect on October 11, 2018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Important mission requirements of the Department SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 197 / Thursday, October 11, 2018 / Notices of Homeland Security (‘‘DHS’’) include border security and the detection and prevention of illegal entry into the United States. Border security is critical to the nation’s national security. Recognizing the critical importance of border security, Congress has mandated DHS to achieve and maintain operational control of the international land border. Secure Fence Act of 2006, Public Law 109–367, § 2, 120 Stat. 2638 (Oct. 26, 2006) (8 U.S.C. 1701 note). Congress defined ‘‘operational control’’ as the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband. Id. Consistent with that mandate from Congress, the President’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements directed executive departments and agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the southern border. Executive Order 13767, § 1. In order to achieve that end, the President directed, among other things, that I take immediate steps to prevent all unlawful entries into the United States, including the immediate construction of physical infrastructure to prevent illegal entry. Executive Order 13767, § 4(a). Congress has provided to the Secretary of Homeland Security a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS’s border security mission. One of those authorities is found at section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (‘‘IIRIRA’’). Public Law 104–208, Div. C, 110 Stat. 3009– 546, 3009–554 (Sept. 30, 1996) (8 U.S.C 1103 note), as amended by the REAL ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109–13, Div. B, 119 Stat. 231, 302, 306 (May 11, 2005) (8 U.S.C. 1103 note), as amended by the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Public Law 109–367, § 3, 120 Stat. 2638 (Oct. 26, 2006) (8 U.S.C. 1103 note), as amended by the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110–161, Div. E, Title V, § 564, 121 Stat. 2090 (Dec. 26, 2007). In section 102(a) of IIRIRA, Congress provided that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads (including the removal of obstacles to detection of illegal entrants) in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress mandated the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:54 Oct 10, 2018 Jkt 247001 IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that I, in my sole discretion, determine necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA. Determination and Waiver Section 1 The United States Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector is an area of high illegal entry. For the last several years, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen more apprehensions of illegal aliens than any other sector of the United States Border Patrol (‘‘Border Patrol’’). For example, in fiscal year 2017 alone, Border Patrol apprehended over 137,000 illegal aliens. In that same year Border Patrol seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,200 pounds of cocaine. In order to satisfy the need for additional border infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, DHS will take action to construct barriers and roads. DHS will construct barriers and roads within various segments of the border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The segments of the border within which such construction will occur are referred to herein as the ‘‘project area’’ and are more specifically described in Section 2 below. Section 2 I determine that the following areas in the vicinity of the United States border, located in Hidalgo County in the State of Texas, within the United States Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, are areas of high illegal entry (the ‘‘project area’’): • Starting approximately a quarter mile west of the location where the levee intersects Goodwin/Abram road and running east in proximity to the International Boundary and Water Commission (‘‘IBWC’’) levee to approximately a quarter mile east of Anzalduas Dam Road, a total distance of approximately eight (8) miles. • Starting at the eastern boundary of the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and running east in proximity to the IBWC levee approximately two and four-tenths (2.4) miles to the western boundary of the Monterrey Banco Tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. • Starting at the eastern boundary of the Monterrey Banco Tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and running south and east in proximity to the IBWC levee for approximately one and one-half (1.5) miles. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51473 • Starting at the eastern boundary of the La Coma Tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and running east in proximity to the IBWC levee for approximately two and one-half (2.5) miles. • Starting where South International Boulevard crosses the IBWC levee and running west and east in proximity to the IBWC levee approximately one-half (0.5) of a mile in both directions. • Starting approximately one-quarter (0.25) of a mile west of the western boundary of the Mercedes Settling Basin and running northeast in proximity to the IBWC levee approximately two and one-half (2.5) miles. There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in the project area. In order to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads in the project area, I have determined that it is necessary that I exercise the authority that is vested in me by section 102(c) of IIRIRA. Accordingly, pursuant to section 102(c) of IIRIRA, I hereby waive in their entirety, with respect to the construction of roads and physical barriers (including, but not limited to, accessing the project area, creating and using staging areas, the conduct of earthwork, excavation, fill, and site preparation, and installation and upkeep of physical barriers, roads, supporting elements, drainage, erosion controls, safety features, lighting, cameras, and sensors) in the project area, all of the following statutes, including all federal, state, or other laws, regulations, and legal requirements of, deriving from, or related to the subject of, the following statutes, as amended: The National Environmental Policy Act (Pub. L. 91– 190, 83 Stat. 852 (Jan. 1, 1970) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.)); the Endangered Species Act (Pub. L. 93–205, 87 Stat. 884 (Dec. 28, 1973) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)); the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)); the National Historic Preservation Act (Pub. L. 89–665, 80 Stat. 915 (Oct. 15, 1966), as amended, repealed, or replaced by Public Law 113–287 (Dec. 19, 2014) (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 100101 note and 54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.)); the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.); the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 715 et seq.); the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); the Archeological Resources Protection Act (Pub. L. 96–95 (16 U.S.C. 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L. 113–287 (Dec. 19, 2014) (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 469 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 312502 et seq.)); the Antiquities Act (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 431 et seq., now codified 54 U.S.C. 320301 et seq.); the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 3201– 320303 & 320101–320106); the Farmland Protection Policy Act (7 U.S.C. 4201 et seq.); the Coastal Zone Management Act (Pub. L. 92–583 (16 U.S.C. 1451, et seq.)); the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (Pub. L. 94–579 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)); the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (Pub. L. 89–669, 16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee); National Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (Pub. L. 84–1024 (16 U.S.C. 742a, et seq.)); the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (Pub. L. 73– 121 (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.)); the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.); the River and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403)); the Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668 et seq.); the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.); and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (42 U.S.C. 1996). This waiver does not revoke or supersede the previous waiver published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2008 (73 FR 19077), which shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with its terms. I reserve the authority to execute further waivers from time to time as I may determine to be necessary under section 102 of IIRIRA. Dated: October 4, 2018. Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security. 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Those three statutory objectives are: To reduce cost and achieve greater cost effectiveness in Federal expenditures; to give incentives to families with children whose heads of household are either working, seeking work, or are participating in job training, educational or other programs that assist in obtaining employment and becoming economically self-sufficient; and to increase housing choices for lowincome families. This Operations Notice for the Expansion of the MTW Demonstration Program (Operations Notice) establishes requirements for the implementation and continued operation of the MTW demonstration program pursuant to the 2016 MTW Expansion Statute. DATES: Comment Due Date: November 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Electronic Submission of Comments. HUD strongly encourages interested persons to submit comments electronically. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration 
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of determination.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to 
law, 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 in Hidalgo County in the State of Texas.

DATES: This determination takes effect on October 11, 2018.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Important mission requirements of the 
Department

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of Homeland Security (``DHS'') include border security and the 
detection and prevention of illegal entry into the United States. 
Border security is critical to the nation's national security. 
Recognizing the critical importance of border security, Congress has 
mandated DHS to achieve and maintain operational control of the 
international land border. Secure Fence Act of 2006, Public Law 109-
367, Sec.  2, 120 Stat. 2638 (Oct. 26, 2006) (8 U.S.C. 1701 note). 
Congress defined ``operational control'' as the prevention of all 
unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by 
terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, 
and other contraband. Id. Consistent with that mandate from Congress, 
the President's Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration 
Enforcement Improvements directed executive departments and agencies to 
deploy all lawful means to secure the southern border. Executive Order 
13767, Sec.  1. In order to achieve that end, the President directed, 
among other things, that I take immediate steps to prevent all unlawful 
entries into the United States, including the immediate construction of 
physical infrastructure to prevent illegal entry. Executive Order 
13767, Sec.  4(a).
    Congress has provided to the Secretary of Homeland Security a 
number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS's border security 
mission. One of those authorities is found at section 102 of the 
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as 
amended (``IIRIRA''). Public Law 104-208, Div. C, 110 Stat. 3009-546, 
3009-554 (Sept. 30, 1996) (8 U.S.C 1103 note), as amended by the REAL 
ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109-13, Div. B, 119 Stat. 231, 302, 306 (May 
11, 2005) (8 U.S.C. 1103 note), as amended by the Secure Fence Act of 
2006, Public Law 109-367, Sec.  3, 120 Stat. 2638 (Oct. 26, 2006) (8 
U.S.C. 1103 note), as amended by the Department of Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161, Div. E, Title V, Sec.  
564, 121 Stat. 2090 (Dec. 26, 2007). In section 102(a) of IIRIRA, 
Congress provided that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take 
such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical 
barriers and roads (including the removal of obstacles to detection of 
illegal entrants) in the vicinity of the United States border to deter 
illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United 
States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress mandated the installation 
of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors 
on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress 
granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive 
all legal requirements that I, in my sole discretion, determine 
necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads 
authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

Determination and Waiver

Section 1

    The United States Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector is an 
area of high illegal entry. For the last several years, the Rio Grande 
Valley Sector has seen more apprehensions of illegal aliens than any 
other sector of the United States Border Patrol (``Border Patrol''). 
For example, in fiscal year 2017 alone, Border Patrol apprehended over 
137,000 illegal aliens. In that same year Border Patrol seized 
approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,200 
pounds of cocaine.
    In order to satisfy the need for additional border infrastructure 
in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, DHS will take action to construct 
barriers and roads. DHS will construct barriers and roads within 
various segments of the border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The 
segments of the border within which such construction will occur are 
referred to herein as the ``project area'' and are more specifically 
described in Section 2 below.

Section 2

    I determine that the following areas in the vicinity of the United 
States border, located in Hidalgo County in the State of Texas, within 
the United States Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector, are areas 
of high illegal entry (the ``project area''):
     Starting approximately a quarter mile west of the location 
where the levee intersects Goodwin/Abram road and running east in 
proximity to the International Boundary and Water Commission (``IBWC'') 
levee to approximately a quarter mile east of Anzalduas Dam Road, a 
total distance of approximately eight (8) miles.
     Starting at the eastern boundary of the Santa Ana National 
Wildlife Refuge and running east in proximity to the IBWC levee 
approximately two and four-tenths (2.4) miles to the western boundary 
of the Monterrey Banco Tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National 
Wildlife Refuge.
     Starting at the eastern boundary of the Monterrey Banco 
Tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and 
running south and east in proximity to the IBWC levee for approximately 
one and one-half (1.5) miles.
     Starting at the eastern boundary of the La Coma Tract of 
the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge and running east 
in proximity to the IBWC levee for approximately two and one-half (2.5) 
miles.
     Starting where South International Boulevard crosses the 
IBWC levee and running west and east in proximity to the IBWC levee 
approximately one-half (0.5) of a mile in both directions.
     Starting approximately one-quarter (0.25) of a mile west 
of the western boundary of the Mercedes Settling Basin and running 
northeast in proximity to the IBWC levee approximately two and one-half 
(2.5) miles.
    There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct 
physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United 
States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in 
the project area. In order to ensure the expeditious construction of 
the barriers and roads in the project area, I have determined that it 
is necessary that I exercise the authority that is vested in me by 
section 102(c) of IIRIRA.
    Accordingly, pursuant to section 102(c) of IIRIRA, I hereby waive 
in their entirety, with respect to the construction of roads and 
physical barriers (including, but not limited to, accessing the project 
area, creating and using staging areas, the conduct of earthwork, 
excavation, fill, and site preparation, and installation and upkeep of 
physical barriers, roads, supporting elements, drainage, erosion 
controls, safety features, lighting, cameras, and sensors) in the 
project area, all of the following statutes, including all federal, 
state, or other laws, regulations, and legal requirements of, deriving 
from, or related to the subject of, the following statutes, as amended: 
The National Environmental Policy Act (Pub. L. 91-190, 83 Stat. 852 
(Jan. 1, 1970) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.)); the Endangered Species Act 
(Pub. L. 93-205, 87 Stat. 884 (Dec. 28, 1973) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq.)); the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly referred to 
as the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)); the National Historic 
Preservation Act (Pub. L. 89-665, 80 Stat. 915 (Oct. 15, 1966), as 
amended, repealed, or replaced by Public Law 113-287 (Dec. 19, 2014) 
(formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 
100101 note and 54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.)); the Migratory Bird Treaty 
Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.); the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (16 
U.S.C. 715 et seq.); the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); the 
Archeological Resources Protection Act (Pub. L. 96-95 (16 U.S.C.

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470aa et seq.)); the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (16 
U.S.C. 470aaa et seq.); the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 
1988 (16 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.); the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 
300f et seq.); the Noise Control Act (42 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.); the 
Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and 
Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.); the Comprehensive Environmental 
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.); the 
Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act (Pub. L. 86-523, as 
amended, repealed, or replaced by Pub. L. 113-287 (Dec. 19, 2014) 
(formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 469 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 
312502 et seq.)); the Antiquities Act (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 
431 et seq., now codified 54 U.S.C. 320301 et seq.); the Historic 
Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act (formerly codified at 16 U.S.C. 
461 et seq., now codified at 54 U.S.C. 3201-320303 & 320101-320106); 
the Farmland Protection Policy Act (7 U.S.C. 4201 et seq.); the Coastal 
Zone Management Act (Pub. L. 92-583 (16 U.S.C. 1451, et seq.)); the 
Federal Land Policy and Management Act (Pub. L. 94-579 (43 U.S.C. 1701 
et seq.)); the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act (Pub. 
L. 89-669, 16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee); National Fish and Wildlife Act of 
1956 (Pub. L. 84-1024 (16 U.S.C. 742a, et seq.)); the Fish and Wildlife 
Coordination Act (Pub. L. 73-121 (16 U.S.C. 661 et seq.)); the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.); the River and 
Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. 403)); the Eagle Protection Act (16 
U.S.C. 668 et seq.); the Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Act (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.); and the American Indian 
Religious Freedom Act (42 U.S.C. 1996).
    This waiver does not revoke or supersede the previous waiver 
published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2008 (73 FR 19077), which 
shall remain in full force and effect in accordance with its terms. I 
reserve the authority to execute further waivers from time to time as I 
may determine to be necessary under section 102 of IIRIRA.

    Dated: October 4, 2018.
Kirstjen M. Nielsen,
Secretary of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2018-22063 Filed 10-10-18; 8:45 am]
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