The proposed Mexico/United States border wall that’s been a cornerstone of Donald Trump’s campaign promises has been a controversial topic ever since it was first brought up. Now, it seems that another group is jumping on the anti-wall side of the line. Scientists from several countries have released a report showing how the proposed border wall could potentially have a negative ecological effect on area wildlife. While the report mentions hundreds of species, it specifically calls out the potential harm to the Sonoran pronghorn and the Mexican gray wolf.
The group Bioscience Viewpoint is responsible for the report and according to the scientists who are members of the group, the harm to the area wildlife will be mostly tied to habitat destruction. The report goes on to suggest that more than a thousand animal, fish and plant species that could potentially be threatened in the area of the proposed wall construction. Of the many listed species in the area, 62 of them are already on the vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered lists.
Aside from the direct threat to animals and plants, the report also suggests that construction of the border wall could hinder ongoing research and conservation efforts already in place, including those that are occurring in environmentally protected lands.
Because of some legal loopholes, construction could potentially begin without conducting any environmental impact analysis or putting into place any type of post-construction monitoring. Because these legal protections are not currently in place for the proposed areas that would be affected by the border wall, the report from Bioscience Review is also urging Congress to take action and ensure that the proper environmental laws are upheld, as well as urging any future construction to take into account the ecological impact, going so far as to prohibit building in highly threatened areas. Ultimately, Bioscience Viewpoint wants the government to conduct the proper research before greenlighting any construction and to remember that while national security is important, it should be pursued in ways that make every effort to preserve our nations heritage and protected lands.