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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trump’s Border Wall Not Just a Disaster for People

Trump’s Border Wall Not Just a Disaster for People

The terrible impacts Trump’s wall would have on communities straddling the border, not to mention people seeking a better life, cannot be overstated. But here’s something you might not know – it would also be a disaster for wildlife.

Just this week, Trump asked for $1.6 billion to build his wall on the nearly 1,300 miles of border that don’t already have barriers.

Construction at this scale would be an unmitigated disaster for ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and other endangered and threatened species living along the border, one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America, if not the world.

In fact, a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity, where I’m the endangered species director, found Trump’s wall would imperil 93 species that are either already protected as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act or under consideration for such protection.

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