The Trump administration is forcing through a border wall that could spell disaster for wildlife, and it’s waiving critical environmental laws to do it.
This reckless plan would severely damage habitat that wildlife depends on to survive, block wildlife movement and even cause direct mortality. More than 180 federally threatened and endangered species, including the jaguar, Mexican gray wolf, peninsular bighorn sheep and Sonoran pronghorn depend on open migration pathways to and from Mexico for survival.
And that’s not all. If this costly wall moves forward, it could destroy protected landscapes, cause life-threatening flooding, and interfere with cooperative conservation work between the U.S. and Mexico.
The Trump administration’s border wall would divide families and communities along the border and jeopardize wildlife, habitat and years of conservation progress and collaboration between the United States and Mexico. We cannot allow that to happen. – Bryan Bird, Southwest Program Director