Proposed Border Wall Would Affect Many Endangered Species

 

A border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would run thousands of miles along an ecologically diverse region. Environmentalists say it would cause major harm to wildlife and their habitat.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico would run along one of the most rugged and ecologically varied regions in the country. In addition to the many human rights and fiscal concerns, there is another, the environment. Will Stone of member station KJZZ reports from southern Arizona.

WILL STONE, BYLINE: A border wall wouldn’t help Tony Sedgwick sleep better at night – in fact, quite the opposite.

TONY SEDGWICK: This wall is a symbol of failure. It’s a symbol of practices that didn’t work. It’s a symbol of fear.

STONE: From a gusty ridge, Sedgwick traces the silhouette of the existing fence climbing across the folds of this craggy landscape. His family has ranched near the Arizona border south of Tucson since the ’50s.

SEDGWICK: I ride down through this valley late afternoon, and I hear the hawks, and it’s just the most beautiful place in the world. It’s a hard, high desert.

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