The Enduring Absurdity of the Border Wall Concept

Almost as infuriating as Donald Trump’s macho blathering about building a gigantic wall along our border with Mexico is the mindless assent the other two Republican presidential aspirants give to the notion. “Of course, we have to have a border wall,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said during a recent debate, as if the magnificent U.S.-Mexico borderlands were a flat, featureless tabletop, and dividing the interconnected borderlands would be no more trouble, expense or environmental disruption than setting up a net across a Ping Pong table.

Apparently neither Kasich nor his fellow candidate – a Texan who should know better – has any notion of the spectacular landscape along both sides of the border – in the Big Bend area, for example, or the seamless flow of nature back and forth across the banks of the Rio Grande from Boca Chica to El Paso or the vast desert ecosystem along the border through New Mexico, Arizona and California. The border-wall enthusiasm of the would-be presidents suggests ignorance of the vast region and contempt for all that lives there (plants, animals and people).

Certainly, nations have a right to protect their borders, but a seamless wall stretching from the Gulf to the Pacific, nearly 2,000 miles, would destroy much more than it would protect.

Portions of the border wall built in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most biodiverse regions in North America, already are having a negative environmental impact. They’re fragmenting endangered species, including bobcats, jaguarundi, the 50 or so ocelots remaining in the U.S. and the pygmy owl, as well as white-tailed deer and javelina.

Full Story at Houston Chronicle

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