Border Wall

The Southwest Environmental Center has joined with a growing number of conservation, human rights and immigration groups, as well as many state and local elected officials calling on President Trump to halt further construction of new fencing and high intensity lighting along the U.S. Mexico border.

The newly constructed border wall in Santa Teresa, NM funded under the Trump administration. Completed in November 2018.

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has built almost 700 miles of fencing along the border. The fence will be a potential disaster for wildlife, blocking their movement and preventing access to the resources they need for their survival. Many species will be affected, including pronghorn, ocelots, mountain lions, javelina, coatimundis, deer, bears, and many others in important wildlife areas such as the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Refuge, and the Rio Grande near El Paso.

Of particular concern is the impact on endangered jaguars trying to make a comeback in the Southwest. SWEC has supported efforts by conservationists and ranchers to establish a jaguar reserve in northern Sonora, just 120 miles from the U.S. border, from which animals could disperse northward. These animals may now find their passage blocked in some areas.

A mountain lion attempts unsuccessfully to cross the border in southern Arizona.

The fence could also block the migration route of one of the few remaining wild bison herds in North America that now roams between Chihuahua and New Mexico. Even birds could be harmed by the miles of proposed stadium lights along the Rio Grande—a major migratory flyway for many birds.

Mexico will not be paying for the wall, and its construction will cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. The construction process is being expidited through the waiving of laws like the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act intended to reduce environmental harm, keep our citizens safe, and allow the public to provide input on decisions that affect their lives. 

As former Arizona governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano once said, "show me a 50-foot wall, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder." The border wall is a band-aid approach to the complex challenges of illegal immigration, terrorism and drug smuggling.We need a comprehensive approach to these challenges that does not harm the border environment and wildlife. 

What We're Doing

--- Click HERE to learn about SWEC's Border Wildlife Camera Project!
--- Click HERE and HERE to learn about our lawsuits.
--- Click HERE for our letter to Congress. 
--- Click HERE and HERE to read about our public actions drawing attention to border wall construction.

Click the donate button below to help us raise $10,000 to keep our Border Campaign strong and capable of responding quickly to the almost daily onslaught of attacks. Make no mistake--the attacks will keep coming as long as this administration is in power.


Your contribution of $30, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford will give us the resources we need to win.

TAKE ACTION
 
Click HERE to sign our petition and tell Congress: No Boots, No Beds, No Wall!

Call your representative and tell them why a border wall is NOT the solution.

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Email our Field Organizer Amanda Munro for volunteer opportunities. 

  


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