As expected, the National Butterfly Center in Mission has filed a motion for a restraining order to protect the property from a planned segment of new border wall.
Attorneys for the nonprofit nature refuge have asked a federal judge to block construction of a 6-mile stretch of levee wall that would slice through the popular tourist attraction and leave about 70 percent of it south of the wall.
The motion claims the Trump administration has pushed the project forward in an unconstitutional manner by depriving the property’s owners the right to be heard.
The motion is part of a lawsuit the Butterfly Center filed in December after a federal contracting crew accessed the property without notice and before Congress had approved any wall funding.
The motion asks that construction be delayed until there’s a ruling on the lawsuit. Construction on the new levee wall is slated to begin this week.