The Impact of a Border Wall on Creatures and their Homes
By Kathleen Bonnette, Th.D., Assistant Director, JPIC
In recent months, public discourse in the U.S. was dominated by “The Border Wall.” Analysts have been debating the usefulness of a wall for securing our border, and its potential for success in constraining illegal migration. The economic, cultural, and political consequences of funding and constructing a wall have been discussed ad nauseum, and there is outrage on all sides concerning the moral necessity or harm of a wall. Largely absent from the discussion, however, has been consideration of the environmental impact of a border wall.
The ecosystems near projected building sites will be trampled, bisected, and made unsafe as wall construction occurs and a finished barrier changes the landscape. Further, like many of the people in the southern border region, animals there embody a binational lifestyle, and they, too, will feel the effects of a physical barrier.