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The proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has been a hot news topic. It's a project of tremendous scope and long-lasting social and political repercussions with our third largest trade partner and one of our closest neighbors. Opponents of the proposal have highlighted the damage it could do to trade, families, and diplomatic relations; proponents have equally passionately defended the idea of using a wall to protect America from illegal immigrants.

Now, the wall is a step closer to becoming a reality, and we must take a closer look at the environmental damage such a structure could do.

The border between the U.S. and Mexico is an imaginary line running nearly 2,000 miles from California to Texas. Wildlife knows no boundary there, and ecosystems spread across it without regard for politics. This area includes sparsely populated desert, it's true. But it also includes some of the most biologically rich grasslands, montane woodlands and forests, and riparian habitats in the United States. The isolated Sky Island mountain ranges, the riparian habitats along the San Bernardino, San Pedro, and Santa Cruz rivers, and other ecologically unique places would be horribly affected not only by the existence of a wall, but the process of building it.

In order to build such a structure, materials, equipment, and manpower must be brought in all along the border. The new roads and traffic won't just disrupt habitat for the relatively short construction period; they will forever change it. Blocking the rivers crossing the border will cause flooding during regular seasonal rains and occasional big storms. Roadways will cut through large animal territories, send traffic through delicate ecosystems, and introduce non-native invasive species. We've seen this before: the unintentional introduction of bullfrogs, nonnative fish, harmful insects, and invasive weeds severely and irreversibly degrading ecosystems across the nation. A border wall would also block the movements of animals into our country along well-known corridors.

This is in addition to the impact a physical wall would have on the endangered species whose populations span our borders, such as the iconic jaguar, the Sonoran pronghorn, the elusive ocelot, and the Mexican wolf. Populations of these special animals would be genetically isolated from one another should a wall become reality, weakening the species. Six species of Mexican fishes in the Río Yaqui drainage are protected in the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona; four of them are Endangered species in the United States. Two jaguars crossed into the Dos Cabezas and Huachuca Mountains of Arizona in the last six months!

Tell the president and congressional leaders to protect our borderlands. The wall must not be built.

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To President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

The proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has provided an opportunity to discuss popular political concerns, but there are sound scientific as well as social reasons that it should not be built. In addition to disrupting communities, breaking families, and being tremendously expensive, the wall is also a very real threat to rich but delicate ecosystems that stretch across the border, its construction and presence would damage these ecosystems irreversibly.

The Sky Island mountains in the Madrean Archipelago that straddles the border between Sonora and Arizona is a globally recognized biodiversity ‘hotspot’ that provides food and shelter for countless migratory birds, and contains a remarkable intermingling of desert, temperate, and tropical species living in unique harmony - including the iconic jaguar and the endangered ocelot. The riparian wetlands where the Río Yaqui and San Pedro and Santa Cruz rivers cross the border shelter host many species, including four endangered fishes protected in the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Arizona. The endangered Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope is now reduced to a few hundred animals in the hot, dry Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona and adjacent Sonora. Continued gene flow within this tiny population is crucial to its survival.

Construction of a wall through these habitats will necessitate new roads, and the movement of many workers, border guards, equipment, and materials. This will disrupt delicate habitat, genetically isolate threatened species, and create an entry point for damaging invasive species, forever altering the ecosystem in ways we can't repair.

Please reject the idea of expanding the wall on our border with Mexico. There are less harmful means of addressing the country's border concerns.

Petition Signatures

Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Cara Blazucki
Nov 17, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Nov 14, 2017 Julie Carter
Nov 13, 2017 Diane Beeny
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Patricia Allen
Nov 10, 2017 Toby Cardoso Not to mention that someone who wants to get over it, will.
Nov 8, 2017 Betsy Gudz
Nov 4, 2017 Michael Mitsuda
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 2, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Nov 2, 2017 Patricia Poole Why waste your breath !!! Trump doesn't get it !!!! And he doesn't care !!!!!! The money could be well spent on more important things.
Nov 2, 2017 Denise Saccone
Nov 1, 2017 Nancy Bickford-Jordan Please don't build the wall. Long lasting damage will outstrip the current politics!
Oct 30, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 27, 2017 Leela Beaudry
Oct 27, 2017 Benny Micallef
Oct 25, 2017 Jessica Likins
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 25, 2017 Joanne Franchi
Oct 21, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Oct 21, 2017 Adeline Wong
Oct 21, 2017 Becky Anderson
Oct 21, 2017 Betty Finley
Oct 21, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
Oct 19, 2017 Jennifer Prescott
Oct 16, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 16, 2017 Michele Villeneuve
Oct 16, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 14, 2017 celia perigord
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 13, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Mary Fox
Oct 13, 2017 tammy bullock
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 6, 2017 Heather Marshall
Oct 5, 2017 Candi Gibson-Rogers
Oct 3, 2017 RODICA BADEA
Oct 2, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Sep 29, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock
Sep 29, 2017 Annamaria Rizzo
Sep 28, 2017 Brenda choi
Sep 28, 2017 Sandra Kisieleski
Sep 28, 2017 Suzanne Schiesl

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