Don’t Harm Endangered Wildlife with Border Wall

Target: Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Goal: Don’t waive environmental laws in order to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The Department of Homeland Security is now signalling that it has the authority to ignore over three dozen environmental laws—including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act—in order to build the Trump administration’s controversial border wall. Scientists and environmentalists have warned that construction of this wall will put at least 93 different species of plants and animals at risk, including jaguars, ocelots and wolves. This most recent move represents the most direct attack on vulnerable wildlife so far.

In ignoring existing environmental laws, construction of the wall will likely fragment endangered wildlife populations and destroy sensitive areas of habitat, even within existing wildlife refuges in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The Department of Homeland Security recently made its announcement, stating that it intends to begin construction on a 14-mile stretch of protected land extending from the Pacific Ocean, near San Diego, with no further environmental review or public input.

If you believe the Department of Homeland Security should not have the right to waive these critical environmental laws in the construction of the border wall, sign this petition and demand further review.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Duke,

I’m writing to urge you not to waive existing environmental laws in order to fast track wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, beginning in the area around San Diego, California. In skipping past the environmental review process, dozens of animal species and sensitive ecosystems will be put at imminent risk. Wildlife must not be sacrificed in the name of border policy.

Our country’s wild landscape and its creatures are an integral part of America’s heritage, and the laws that have been put in place were intended to protect this heritage for generations to come. If you have any interest in maintaining this, your department must stop waiving these necessary rules.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jim Clark, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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21 Comments

  1. USA – MEXICO WALL SHOULD NEVER BE BUILT.

  2. Trump is completely deluded and is making this wall based on his delusions.
    The devastation a border wall would cause to wildlife and plant life would be horrific and immense. How dare he do this???
    People need to stand up against this dictator before he destroys everything and everybody.

  3. There would be no discussion about building such a wall if people from Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries (i.e. Honduras, San Salvador, Guatemala) would come to the United States LEGALLY, as the majority of other people do !!!! Legal immigration, Yes; Illegal immigration – No. — Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world immigrate to the United States each and every year, most of them LEGALLY. Is it fair for a minority of immigrants to “cut in line” ahead of the majority who play by the rules and do things the RIGHT way? Of course it isn’t. For those of you who don’t live in a “border” state, you’ll probably never face the numerous problems that those of us who reside along the border do. Oh, and for those who don’t believe that “Illegals” are taking American jobs (and GOOD paying jobs at that), you obviously don’t live in a border state. I know a lot of people who lost out to “good” jobs, myself included, for the sole reason that we don’t speak Spanish. How would any of you feel if that happened to you? Be honest now …….

    • I’m a white, blonde, blue eyed woman. I was born in the US and have had advantages because of that. I do not speak Spanish, my choice. I didn’t want to learn it. It would have definitely been an asset but I chose not to. If I lost out on a job, I certainly didn’t think that’s the only reason. There are many factors, many of which I contributed to.

      Now, back to the petition. It is an attempt to prevent the decimation of countless species, not asking for reasons to justify doing so. Any action causing extinction, needs to be closely considered. You didn’t get a job because, maybe, you don’t speak Spanish, doesn’t seem like justification to me.

      If you’ve been watching the news, an illegitimate GOP member has admitted the wall is not actually going to be a tangible wall. It was only a metaphor. #45 is just conning you into believing he is serious.

    • Elsa Campuzano says:

      Learn Spanish and get a good job, if that´s what´s needed in a border state.

      And, as Margaret Mcfarlin said, this is about the ecological devastation of Trump´s wall, which I am sure will negatively impact both the US and the Mexican economies.

    • FYI: I just happened to think, who says these are illegals just because they speak Spanish? That’s a pretty bigoted assumption. There aren’t many good jobs out there open to illegals. I worked in hiring and there is a requirement to verify (eVerify) immigration status. Sounds like, any excuse will do.

  4. There’s no denying that there are problems associated with people coming across the border illegally, including some serious issues that need to be dealt with.
    A border wall is not a good way to deal with these problems, in my opinion.
    I think Trump is deluded because he seems to have an absurd take on the issue. He seems to think Mexicans are “bad” and Americans are “good”.
    Trump said “They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists. We need to build a wall.” He said “But don’t worry, we’re getting a wall. We’re getting bad people out of this country.” As if there weren’t any Americans manufacturing drugs, committing crimes, and raping people.
    A border wall is a rash and poorly-thought-out decision that may result in consequences far worse than what anyone may expect.

  5. If Mexico’s government would govern then people could not have to flee their rotten environment. Overpopulation destroys any country. Religion should promote family planning.

    • Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

      what does religion have to do with family planning?

      • Gen – As you may know, Mexico, Central America, and South America are largely Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic Church believes that using contraception is “intrinsically evil” and forbids most forms of contraception. Some other religions – or sects in some religions – oppose it as well.

      • If you don’t know what religion has to do with family planning then you need to start learning! Why would you even post something as stupid as asking a question like this? Google will be your best friend in this much-needed learning process that lies ahead of you…

        • “Every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question.” – Carl Sagan

  6. Walls are not fun.

  7. Big mug and nothing in the brain

  8. What a silly petition…endangered animals will not be harmed by building a wall. Don’t believe it? Then tell us all just where it has happened and the results! The endangered species are American citizens who have been and will continue to be threatened by thugs and terrorists coming across our very open borders. The problem, people, isn’t Mexicans coming across looking for work…it’s MS 13 looking to sell drugs and Ahab the Arab looking to kill the infidel!!

    • Not sure where you get your information, but I beg to differ. There have been studies and documented incidents where simply putting in a highway has killed and harmed many species. No, it is not all from becoming road kill although that is bad enough. The animals are not able to mate, provide protection and reach their necessary food supplies. That’s a highway. A wall would be much worse. Americans are anything but endangered. At least not from who you are pointing fingers at in a very inelegant way. The terrorists are almost all homegrown, the majority, young white males. That is not to say it doesn’t happen, but give me a list of terrorist acts committed by foreigners on our soil. 9/11 doesn’t count. Our security measures have changed. Because their parents are immigrants doesn’t count, either. As far as drugs: I live in a very small, rural town in Missouri. Guess what problem we have here. Drugs and they’re not coming from Mexico. It seems we are now the meth capital and it’s being produced here. A wall may, and that’s a very small may, stop a small amount of the drug trade between Mexico and the US but there will always be a way to smuggle them in. What do you propose, a dome over the US? We have coastlines and ports that cannot be monitored at all times. I guarantee, a lot more drugs get here through them. On top of that, I don’t believe it will happen and Mexico most definitely won’t be paying for it. If it would be built, guess who’s going to be footing the bill. The American taxpayers. Just saying.

      • Ok Margaret…If you want to go back to the horse and buggy days to save the ecosystem then YOU do that & stay off of the highways! Take the backroads..or better yet, stay off the roads period because you are not wanting this country to grow and better itself, you expect this all to be done so no animal faces extinction.

  9. Anybody who thinks a wall would not hurt wildlife needs to do their research. Many scientists are expressing serious concern about this issue, with good reason.
    A couple of items to start. Rio Grande border fences are already causing serious problems for some wildlife. A Care 2 article mentions that pumas, coatis, pygmy owls, bighorn sheep and bobcats have all been drastically and deleteriously affected by these fences.
    The West Bank border wall in Israel is threatening some animal species with extinction, including some wild birds, gazelles, stone hedgehogs, wolves and hyenas. This wall is also causing deterioration of vegetation. Studies are being done to understand this further. This was in al-monitor.com, Sept 27, 2015; article by Ahmad Melhem.

  10. Jim Takahashi says:

    Animals will be victimized by the folly of humans, yet again.

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