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Environment Magazine September/October 2008


January-February 2018

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Commentary: Trump's Wall Threatens Wildlife Ecology in the United States–Mexico Borderlands

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Donald Trump campaigned hard on the promise that he would authorize the building of a full border wall between the United States and Mexico to ensure the security of the southern border of the United States and discourage illegal immigration. Nearly a year after the election, despite numerous political and budgetary obstacles, the Trump administration continues its efforts to construct its promised wall. Yet numerous environmental scientists, wildlife experts, farmers, and owners living on the Rio Grande note that expansion of the existing border walls will further disturb precious natural ecosystems, patterns of wildlife, and rights of land owners.


Robert C. Harriss is an environmental researcher and writer in Boulder, Colorado. Most recently he was a senior scientist on the Natural Gas Project at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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