Tucson, AZ– Late yesterday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a proposal for 63 miles of new wall in Arizona– bollard walls that would cut through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the San Pedro River, the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, and other public lands.
The Department of Homeland Security’s power to waive bedrock environmental, cultural, and community public health safeguards means that wall construction through these ecologically-significant landscapes and waterways can happen without regard for the rule of law.
In response, Dan Millis of the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Borderlands Program released the following statement:
“The communities, landscapes and waterways of the borderlands region drive local recreation economies, sustain natural systems, and support millions of people in the Southwest and beyond. There is overwhelming proof that border walls do not protect these resources – they only do them harm.
“Destroying land and constructing more walls through these delicate landscapes and waters will further harm endangered species like the Sonoran pronghorn and Mexican gray wolf, at a time when the world faces mass extinctions. Building blockages through wildlife corridors means the jaguar could again disappear from the United States.
“Places like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the San Pedro River– where thousands of tourists visit annually– would be decimated by enormous eyesores. Walls don’t solve problems. They cause flooding and sabotage wildlife protection efforts. We cannot allow Trump’s xenophobic, backward agenda to go any farther. The damage will be irreversible.”
By Javier Sierra for the Sierra Club