This week resulted in another hiccup in President Trump’s infamous plan for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Because the proposed wall would sit on the territorial border between the U.S. and Mexico, which covers 1,189 miles throughout four U.S. states — California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas — and that land is both federally- and privately-owned, or inhabited by Native American tribes, there are a myriad groups who could potentially take legal action against the Executive Order.
In this case, the first in line is The Center for Biological Diversity, a well-known American environmental group, which is filing a legal challenge to the border wall.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson, Arizona also is a named plaintiff in the suit. “American environmental laws are some of the oldest and strongest in the world and they should apply to the borderlands just as they do everywhere else,” said Grijalva, whose district includes about 300 miles of the border. “Trump’s wall — and his fanatical approach to our southern border — will do little more than perpetuate human suffering while irrevocably damaging our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.”
The Center for Biological Diversity argues that this construction beginning in San Diego and concluding some three states away would wreak possible havoc on the area’s vast wildlife. Wolves, jaguars and over one hundred other species make their homes in these lands. It believes the effects of President Trump’s wall will prove “disastrous.”
Kierán Suckling, the Executive Director of the Center, said in a statement, “If we’re going to stop it, we have to make a stand right now,” and that President Trump’s “ugly wall will do little more than divide and destroy our magnificent borderlands.”
Randy Serraglio, a spokesman for The Center, explained, “It will take a significant amount of time to thoroughly analyze [the impacts of the wall], and that’s the point.”
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