More Border Walls Means More Border Deaths, ACLU Says In Report
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report detailing the dangers inherent in the proposed U.S.-Mexico wall. Other environmental groups joined with ACLU to condemn the proposed border wall, saying it is politically motivated and not based on facts. Human rights groups also lent their voices, calling on Congress to decline funding for an expanded border wall later this month.
The groups said “emotional appeals and symbolic gestures” have dominated policy-making on border wall decisions and “as a result, the U.S. has turned away from addressing the complex causes of immigration and smuggling, and a careful consideration of the most effective ways to respond to these issues.”
In the report, ACLU stated the existing 654 miles of border wall impacts negatively on communities living along the border. The report also cited the wall is a disaster to the surrounding environment and impedes migration of endangered species, and that an expansion of this wall will be an environmental curse instead of a blessing.
ACLU Accuses DHS of Lying To Justify Construction of Walls
The ACLU report focused on border infrastructure built after the Real ID Act of 2005, which gave the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to suspend laws that would impede the construction of border walls. As a result, dozens of environmental laws were waived in the building of new border wall infrastructure.
The ACLU also accused DHS of wrongly classifying San Diego and El Centro as areas of “high illegal entry” in order to justify waiving environmental laws. Government figures from 2016 show El Centro is seventh out of nine southern border sections in regards to apprehensions and San Diego apprehensions were down to 1968 levels. A judge’s ruling allowing the government to suspend environmental laws in favor of border wall construction is pending an appeals ruling in the Ninth Circuit.
More Border Walls Means More Border Deaths for Immigrants and Natural Wildlife
Officials from the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) said the buildup of border wall construction is harmful to Tijuana, a Mexican community along the border. Pedro Rios of SBCC revealed numerous trees were felled, while homes and shrines and ancestral facilities risk demolition once construction begins for the border wall. The Tijuana Estuary habitat may also be impacted.
In a study by the Center for Biological Diversity, a southwest conservation advocate, Randy Serraglio, said 93 threatened and endangered species would suffer if the government goes ahead with the border wall across the southwest. ACLU noted that existing walls have destroyed several habitats and disrupted the migration activities of endangered species such as the jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn, Mexican wolf, and ocelot in several places.
Existing walls have also obstructed the flow of water, acting as dams to the detriment of wildlife and natural water flows.
A contiguous wall “would result in an unprecedented, continent-wide splitting of transborder habitat and wildlife corridors, with enormous long-term deleterious consequences for the rich biological diversity of North America,” according to the report.
Just last July, 3,000 scientists backed a scientific paper saying an expanded border wall along the U.S. – Mexico border would threaten more than 1,500 animals who called the diverse area home.
“Any substantial construction ordinarily forces populations to extinction directly by outright destruction of their habitat or by reducing population size or restricting access to critical areas required seasonally. Every time you see a strip mall, airport or housing development being constructed, you can be sure biodiversity is suffering. Many hundreds of miles of border wall and the accompanying construction and maintenance infrastructure would be a crime against biodiversity,” the study author Paul Ehrlich said.
The ACLU report also says that new border walls have just forced immigrants to risk crossing more dangerous territory like desserts and resulted in more deaths from environmental exposure and dehydration. “Funneling” has not stopped or deterred immigration overall, but rather just moved the points of entry.
“More border walls means more border deaths,” said ACLU Border Rights director Astrid Dominguez.
Not if they just STAY HOME !
The truth doesn’t care about your opinions
Who need Barriwire when you have trump ice police be around
Maybe at first .. Reality.. That or destroy the population and economic stability of the country.
Seems drug lords are ruling the world these days.
That’s why the demorats want open borders, they’re right in the middle of it all.
Perhaps they need to STAY OUT
Oh please, stop with the drama.
And more deaths of USA citizens.
DONT BREAK US LAWS
Build the wall
Any thing supported by ACLU cant be good for America
Charge their country of origin for their care.
Then the UN can step up and rid their countries of those who are forcing them to become economic refugees.
Why not unite instead of hate and division
Maybe they will smarten up and stop coming illegaly.
Anyone coming across that border should die for braking and entering.
Dying now in the deserts with no walls..
Build the walls strategically to funnel illegals into places patrolled by border patrol..
Hey isn’t the ACLU a s*** hole that pretends to care about civil liberties and is terribly incompetent at defending them.
That’s what happens when colleges tell you they like you while you get chumped on a s*** education
I really don’t care if it was true. If you weren’t sneaking in to begin with you wouldn’t have to worry. If you really cared about Mexican immigrants and not just ppl who will vote for your team you’d actually care about the Mexican immigrants doing it the right way when these fuckers just jump to the front of the line by sneaking over. I also think states that harbor them should have all their reps prosecuted all the way down to the city level and no more federal aid until you comply with the guidelines set forth
What is A in ACLU duh trying fighting for AMERICAN LIBERTIES
This whole they’re the victim of their own crimes shame on you rational when there’s little to show for progress in The Latino community in a so-called modern time…..
If it causes more people to BREAK THE LAW, then yes, it may result in more deaths. Other than that , it’s …
Completely and build wall on all our borders
Lies the liberals tell themselves to try to keep themselves in power!! The lying fake news media controls the people, don’t let the media control you!! Facepoop controls the conservative voices for their liberal masters!!!
Maybe they shouldn’t try crashing our borders. ?
Oh well. Maybe don’t walk up here in the desert.
BS BS BS BS
BS, leftist trying to protect future votes.
Yeah, like the ACLU is really worried about the animals. What a joke. Thing about nature is that it ends up finding its own way. The title is even misleading. Makes it sound like they mean humans not wildlife.
ACLU screw you!
Paul L. Bicknell no fuck you.
Hector Roldan classy response twat!
lmfao these comments are psychotic! no faith in humanity anymore!!!
Then don’t climb the wall simple as that blame the climbers not the.buliders
BOLL CRAP IM SICK OF THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO SPREAT THESE LIES
So be it, America needs safety and security.
I live in southeast TX. Nobody here wants a stupid wall but Trump’s ignorant racist, scared cult.
Further screwing up the natural habitat. Trump keeps telling his cult that the wall is being built. This is a bald face lie. It will never be approved.
That should send them back.
NO wall!! We don’t want it!! We don’t need it!! We cant afford it!! Our roads and bridges need to be repaired or rebuilt insread
Not if they stay home!
Perhaps they should stay in Mexico
Not if people don’t try to cross the border ILLEGALLY.
turn around go back!
Maybe for awhile.
The ACLU is full of Crap ! Nobody invited these Ppl to come across the border ! And if there’s deaths the illegals are causing them ! Who the hell do u think u r ? Not everybody u speak to is Dumn Like u think ! There’s some of us who know when the wool is being pulled over our eyes ! Go and talk to the Sheep in the Democrat Party , your game has been played to often to think u can get over on us ! U use to make a difference but now all u do is make noise !
Oh well Maybe don’t walk up here in desert
Put the american first back in ACLU
AND NO BORDER WALL , MEANS MORE AMERICAN DEATHS ! You don’t like it , GO JUMP SOMEONE ELESE’S WALL !
And less death to American citizens – built the wall!
Such a lot of ugly, nasty people on this thread. Apparently a lot of people are just fine with the death penalty for people who are desperate for a better life. Disgusting – and. I doubt many call themselves Christians.
Wendy Oldham Tell that to MS13 when they kill your family. Not Christians? Blessed are the peacemakers.
Trump just. A haters and he wants Americans to gate. God don’t like his evil ways. So we need to get our country back on track. Let his train trashs
Make America kind again
Sad But Better then More Deaths on our Streets.
If built, that wall will ultimately be used to keep Zamericans in
Fake news from pussy central.